(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.
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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)