The votes for the 45th annual SURFER Poll have been cast and the readers have spoken: Everybody loves John John Florence.
As reported by TRANSWORLD Business, the 23-year-old Hawaiian wunderkind was the runaway winner at surfing’s biggest night on Sunday, taking the No. 1 spot in the Men’s Reader Poll and sweeping through the Video Awards by winning Best Performance, Best Maneuver and Movie of the Year for his groundbreaking film View From a Blue Moon.
"When I first started riding for Hurley, they asked me what I really wanted to do. I said I wanted to do the (World) Tour and I wanted to make a movie," said Florence after receiving the award. "Those guys kind of gave me the freedom to do this and travel the last couple of years. I couldn't have done it without all my friends, my family, my mom, my brothers, they supported me through the whole thing."
On the women’s side Carissa Moore, who recently claimed her third world championship, was named No. 1 in the Women’s Reader Poll for the second time in her career.
"There is no way I won the SURFER Poll," said Moore. "This is so cool. You know I have so many people to thank for this incredible year. I first off want to thank all the girls that are surfing so well this year. I want to thank my dad, my boyfriend and my family of sponsors. I love the surfing community so much."
For the rest of the awards, Niccolo Porcella took home the somewhat dubious honor of Worst Wipeout, decided by public vote, for his bone-crushing spill at Teahupoo in July, while the youngest surfer on tour and current world No. 2 Filipe Toledo took home the coveter Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer Award.
Que honra fazer parte de uma noite tão importante para o surf! Mas, melhor ainda é levar o prêmio de melhor performance, em memória do ídolo Andy Irons, e por cima receber esse premio das maos de @bruceirons e @lyndieirons e um abraço cheio de energia do @axelirons não tem preço! Obrigado a todos pela noite tao especial e parabéns a todos os vencedores da noite! // What an honor to be a part of one of the most important night for surfing! But much better win the award in memory of Andy Irons, and having @bruceirons and @lyndieirons to give me the trophy and get a hug with a lot of energy from @axelirons ! There’s no words! Thanks everyone and congrats to all winners last night! @surfer_magazine 📸 @badboyryry_
“What an honor to be a part of one of the most important night for surfing,” the 20-year-old Brazilian wrote on Instagram about receiving the award. “But it’s much better winning the award in memory of Andy Irons, and having @bruceirons and @lyndieirons to give me the trophy and get a hug with a lot of energy from @axelirons ! There [are] no words! Thanks everyone and congrats to all winners last night!”
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