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Since the BeachLife Festival aims to celebrate beach culture with food and music, it makes sense to add another essential beach element: surfing.

The inaugural event announced announced today that it is partnering with the World Surf League to bring the 19th annual 2019 Big Wave Awards to Redondo Beach May 2.

Entry to the Big Wave Awards is included for all BeachLife attendees who purchased a Founder’s Pass or Captain’s Pass. General admission tickets for the awards are $20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 18.

The award ceremony, which is being held outside of Orange County for the first time, will take place on the festival grounds and is considered the kickoff event for the May 3-5 concert that’s bringing more than 40 acts playing at the 8.6-acre site that encompasses Seaside Lagoon and an adjacent parking lot.

Performers include headliners Brian Wilson, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros and Willie Nelson, who will take the main stage while three chefs serve dinner in a 50-seat pop-up restaurant set up just a few feet from the music.

The awards are expected to draw big wave surfers from around the world, including Maya Gabeira and Rodrigo Koxa, who currently hold the titles for the largest wave surfed.

The Big Wave Awards recognize the surfers who rode the year’s biggest waves and include categories such as Ride of the Year, Women’s XXL Biggest Wave Award, and Wipeout of the Year, the latter of which, according to the World Surf League, is given to the “most committed, yet least successful” ride of the year.

If You Go:

2019 Big Wave Awards

When: May 2

Where: Seaside Lagoon, 137 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

Tickets: $20 general admission.

Contact Lisa Jacobs or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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