During a black-tie appetiser in the lead-up to the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, which begins on the Gold Coast this weekend, the stars of board and wave flicked off their wetsuits and donned some glam for the 2014 ASP World Surfing Awards.
The gala event, held at the the Arts Centre last night, was the chance to feature previously unseen highlights from the 2013 World Tour and kick off the 2014 competitive season.
It was an evening of trophy hoisting with the best of last season’s surfers enjoying some much-deserved adoration before getting on with the hard work of doing it all again for 2014.
Local surfers featured prominently at the ceremony with Tweed Heads’ Mick Fanning being crowned the Men’s World Champion, a back to back with last year and his fourth in total.
Stephanie Gilmore mounted the podium as the winner of the Women’s Wave of the Year, and the Women’s World Title Runner-Up was Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright.
The award winners were:
Peter Whitaker Award: Sofia Mulanovich
Breakthrough Performers: Dimity Stoyle & Kai Otton
Heat of the Year: Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Josh Kerr & Alana Blanchard, Coco Ho
Move of the Year: John John Florence & Tyler Wright
Wave of the Year: Kelly Slater & Stephanie Gilmore
ASP World Junior Champions: Gabriel Medina & Ella Williams
ASP World Longboard Champions: Piccolo Clemente & Kelia Moniz
ASP Women’s World Title Runner-Up: Tyler Wright
ASP Men’s World Title Runner-Up: Kelly Slater
ASP Women’s World Champion: Carissa Moore
ASP Men’s World Champion: Mick Fanning