Keala Kennelly captured by Tim McKenna. WSL / Tim McKenna photo.
In a historic first, Keala Kennelly became the first women to win a World Surf League Big Wave Award, when she won the Pure Scot Barrel of the Year. The photo was shot by Tim McKenna at Tehupoo, Tahita on July 22nd of 2015. Kennelly was the first women to win any big wave award.
The win came during a historic El Niño season, making it all the more impressive. Other nominees are listed below, and are the who's who of big wave progression. The thirty seven year old Kennelly has had a long, decorated surf career, which also includes acting and DJ credits. The win is just a small example of what she has contributed to the world of women's surfing.
Pure Scot Barrel Nominees
Winner: Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on July 22, 2015. (Winner: Tim McKenna. Photo nominees: Kirvan Baldassari, Brent Bielmann and Isaac Sokol)
Tom Butler (Newquay, Cornwall, England) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on October 28, 2015. (Photo nominee: Ian Mitchinson)
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 6, 2015. (Photo nominees: Erik Aeder, Kelly Cestari, Richard Hallman, Paul Karaolides and Sofie Louca)
Mark Mathews (Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia) at The Right, Australia on June 26, 2015. (Photo nominee: Jack Sherriffs)
Ian Walsh (Haiku, Maui, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 28, 2016. (Photo nominees: Richard Hallman and Aaron Lynton)
From The Column: Women in the Mountains
As a Utah local skiing the Wasatch Mountains for the past 30 years, I can safely testify that this winter has been one of worst in my lifetime. There have been a few double digit storms that have helped to provide decent coverage on upper elevations at certain resorts like Alta and Park City, and Monday brings the prospect of some moderate snowfall, but still this subpar winter had me wondering: Is the 2017-2018 winter on pace to go down as the worst winter on record in the Wasatch?
This President's Day Weekend is shaping up to be a good one for skiers across the U.S., as much of the West has been inundated with snowfall for the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, with heavy snowfall comes added danger, and that sobering reality was made evident Saturday in Wyoming, when a 30-year-old skier died after triggering an avalanche in the Rock Springs Canyon sidecountry area just south of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Per the , Alexander Marra of Orem, Utah was caught in an
On Monday, adverse wind conditions took a toll on the female riders of the Olympic snowboard slopestyle final. The strong cross winds–which also canceled the event's qualifier–forced an hour delay for the final. This prompted many of the competitors to call for a reschedule, but Olympic organizers insisted on holding the event. As a result, the final competition was a “Shitshow," as Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas so eloquently termed it to Yahoo Sports. Per Reuters, none of the riders