The biggest night in surfing is right around the corner. That’s right, Surfer Awards, the surf world’s annual gala, is returning to Turtle Bay Resort on December 6. For more than five decades, Surfer Magazine has organized the awards show, which sees the publication’s readers vote on their favorite male and female surfers, as well as a host of other awards, including best movie and best maneuver.
Regarded as surfing’s Academy Awards, the most influential surfers will all be in attendance for the gala, which is streamed live on SurferPoll.com and OC TV. In the past, the likes of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, and Hawaii’s own Carissa Moore have all come out winners in the poll. And this year, with the North Shore’s own John John Florence already winning a world champ, we expect the towheaded phenom to be at the top of the poll.
Not only does the Surfer Awards honor professional surfers and filmmakers, but they also extend their awards to nonprofits who are committed to making a better world. This year, the Friends of Sunset Beach, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the arts to Sunset Beach Elementary School, has been selected as this year’s recipient, which comes with a sizeable paycheck.
“Friends of Sunset Beach has been dedicated to developing and implementing an art program at Sunset Beach Elementary School since 2010. We are a 100 percent volunteer based organization whose main goal is to bring the arts back into our elementary school,” says Cathy Shanley, President, Friends of Sunset Beach. “This wonderful award will help to build awareness in our community, as well as directly aid in the success of our annual event, ‘Celebrating the Arts,’ where all of the fundraising occurs that makes our program possible.”
Here’s what Surfer Magazine editor Todd Prodanovich had to say about the nonprofit and the important work they do for Hawaii’s youth. “The Surfer Awards are a celebration of both surfing and surf filmmaking, and we’re happy to help fund art education on the North Shore and support the next generation of surf filmmakers,” said Surfer Editor Todd Prodanovich.
“Thanks to Friends of Sunset Beach, students at Sunset Beach Elementary will be able to discover their creative passions, and one day we hope to see one of these students up on stage accepting their own Surfer Award.
In addition to the awards show, guests—sorry folks, it’s an invite-only event—will be treated to a live performance from LA’s own Mattson 2 Jazz duet.
“It’s an honor to get recognition for the sounds we have contributed to surfing culture over the years, and I think scoring an event like SURFER Awards is the very pinnacle of the music and surf dynamic,” says Jared Mattson. “We’ve never avidly tried to create surf music, but the music we compose has been a product of our environment and that has resonated with many different types of people, including surfers (about which we are delighted). It makes sense, because our music is instrumental and people can create their own narratives with it. Kudos to Surfer for seeing the value in being adventurous and pushing the envelope by having us score the whole experience! This will definitely be a kind of ‘late-night TV/experimental/improvised/performance art’ kind of synthesis! I hope that people attending enjoy. We want people to see the importance that live musical composition plays in any type of experience! Oh, and yes…please dance!”