TransWorld SURF is pleased to announce the 2012 TransWorld SURF Awards Presented by Verizon. These annual awards were chosen by a panel of experts and will be distributed to the year’s best surfers, contests, waves, photos, and more.
And the winners are…
Volcom Fiji Pro
This contest had something for everyone. It nearly didn’t happen, but luckily it did, as some of the world’s greatest big-wave surfers challenged 30-foot-plus barrels from hell.
Dane Gudauskas at Teahupo’o, Photo by Daniel Russo
The angle, the bend of the wave, the colors, the tube style, the lighting, makes this photo by far one of the best TransWorld SURF has seen in a long time.
Also known as Shane-O, this hellman surfer had the most legedary paddle session at Peahi on October 9, 2012, helping to seal the deal as the best in 2012 when it comes to slaying huge-ass waves.
Chippa Wilson in Let’s Surf Seriously
A TransWorld SURF film, yes, but no one can deny that Chippa deserved this awards, hands-down, putting together the sickest surf part anyone’s seen all year.
John John may well be the best surfer in the world. This year he really stepped it up with his self-funded, 23-minute flick, featuring the hardest ripping anyone has ever seen on a flatscreen.
Ricky was told he’d never surf again after his devastating wipeout at Pipeline, but in under a year, his inspiring comeback even sparked a documentary about his journey from broken to better, titled Ricky Whitlock: L-1, T-12.
This series, featuring surfer Chris Ward, and first out on lost.tv, literally covers it all. From car wrecks, sick surfing, fights, interviews, and crazy travel stories, each episode left you frothing at the mouth for more. With additional surfers including, Andy & Bruce Irons, the Hobgoods, Parko, Mick, and more, it was an easy pick as 2012′s best web series.
TransWorld SURF, Women’s Issue, Vol. 14 August 2012
Tons of hate mail later, putting a male on the cover of this year’s “Women’s Issue,” TransWorld admits was an epic fail, and has high hopes of doing better next year, and not win this award in 2013.
Winning Miss TransWorld SURF October this year, the Calabasas, California native, Kyra Santoro definitely captured the hearts of this year’s panel experts, beating out the eleven other lucky and beautiful monthly winners in 2012.
You could call her the Queen of Instagram, with more that 311,567 followers. With more followers that Kelly Slater, Alana’s photos show up pretty much every surfer in the book. If you don’t already follow her, you should. @alanarblanchard
Albee Layer’s 720
A close one with John John’s 15-foot alley-oops and Gabriel Medina’s ridiculous cork 540s and backflips, Ablee’s 720 was so clean, it just had to win. Landing it near his home on Maui, Albee Layer has proudly progressed surfing a step further with this move.
John John Florence
John John is dominating, taking home TransWorld SURF‘s Surfer Of The Year Award for the second year in a row. Florence won some of the greatest heats ever at Volcom Pipe Pro, took home his first WCT win at Billabong Rio Pro, won the Kustom Airstrike, appeared on multiple magazine covers (including the February 2013 issue of TransWorld SURF), was invited to the Eddie and the Red Bull Jaws events, and even had time to film his own new video, Done.
Check out all the amazing videos featuring this year’s awards at transworldsurf.com and be sure to pick up your March 2013 copy of TransWorld SURF for more details on the awards.