(Reuters) - Five bruised and battered surfers are vying for a $5,000 cash prize for the season's most spectacular wipeout, to be presented at the Big Wave awards in California next month.


The World Surf League has released a video of the shortlisted crashes, including American Wilem Banks falling from the top of a huge wave in California and Chilean Rafael Tapia coming off his board as a massive wave breaks in Portugal.


American Nathan Florence, Danny Griffiths of Australia and Briton Tom Lowe are also in the running for the wipeout prize.


The cameraman who recorded the most eye-catching fall will take home $2,000. The awards will be announced on April 29.


(Reporting by Reuters TV; writing by Patrick Johnston in London; editing by Richard Lough)