ASB MAGAZINE: The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers. Each year the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame are presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the development of surfing in this country. These Awards are ASB Magazines major sponsorship and each year we proudly present the ASB Greater Good Award given to the person or group who in the past year has given back to Australian surfing through extraordinary results in a charitable, humanitarian, environmental, or philanthropic cause. Past winners of the ASB Greater Good Award include Billabong x SurfAid(2008), Coastalwatch (2009), Transparentsea Voyage – Surfers for Cetaceans – David Rastovitch (2010), Surfaid (2011), Barton Lynch (2012), Misfit Aid (2013), National Surfing Reserves (2014), Andrew McKinnon – Save Kirra (2015), Surfrider Foundation (2016) and Adaptive Surfers of Australia – Walk For Waves (2017)
Nominations are now open for all categories in the 2018 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame. For the first time since 2011, Surfing Australia’s night of nights will be held on the Gold Coast on Tuesday March 6th at QT Surfers Paradise.
Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said the Australian Surfing Awards’ return to the Gold Coast was fantastic news for the tourism region.
“We look forward to hosting more than 350 guests as part of the awards ceremony, many of whom are prominent Australian surfing identities, including past, present and future world champions,” Ms Coddington said.
“Not only will these elite athletes be recognised for their commitment to the sport of surfing, they will also have an opportunity to experience the Gold Coast’s famous beaches and other tourism offerings first-hand.
“Alongside the World Surf League Awards, Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro, taking place on the Gold Coast next March, the Australian Surfing Awards will reinforce the Gold Coast’s place as a world-class surfing destination.”
World Surf League (WSL) competitor Matt Wilkinson and 2016 WSL Women’s World Champion Tyler Wright took the honours last year for the Male and Female Surfer of the Year awards, while Peter Crawford became the 39th inductee into the Hall of Fame.
“We’re pleased to be bringing the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame to the Gold Coast for the next two years,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark.
“In celebrating the past and present surfing champions of Australia, it’s important that we move the prestigious awards night to iconic surfing regions across the nation following successful years in Newcastle and in Sydney.”
‘We also thank Tourism and Events Queensland and our valued partners for their support of the annual Australian Surfing Awards.”
Other awards to be presented on the night will be:
- MALE SURFER OF THE YEAR
- FEMALE SURFER OF THE YEAR
- RISING STARS (MALE & FEMALE)
- MILWAUKEE HEAVY WATER AWARD
- ASB GREATER GOOD AWARD
- PETER TROY LIFESTYLE AWARD
- SURF CULTURE AWARD
- SIMON ANDERSON CLUB AWARD
- NIKON SURF VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- NIKON SURF PHOTO OF THE YEAR
- AUSTRALIAN SURFING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
The Milwaukee Heavy Water Award winner will receive $2,000 and a Milwaukee tool pack valued at $1,849. The winners of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Video of the Year will each receive a brand-new, top-of-the-line Nikon D850 and NIKKOR AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens – valued at $6,800. World renowned Surf Journalist Nick Carroll continues in the role of Curator of the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame. Operated with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland, the Australian Surfing Awards is renowned for recognising the best in surfing talent.
To nominate, visit: www.australiansurfingawards.com
NOTE: Nominations close Monday January 8th, 2018.
The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, QT Gold Coast, the Australian Sports Commission, Nikon, Milwaukee, nudie, Australasian Surf Business Magazine, XXXX Summer Bright Lager and DrinkWise.
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