Top Three Finalists Announced For 2016 Australian Surfing Awards

COOLANGATTA/QLD (24th February, 2016): The cream of the crop have risen to the top with the finalists in each category at the 2016 Australian Surfing Awards announced today.

Big names like Wilson, Fanning, Fitzgibbons and Wright join rising stars of our sport, legendary waterman, lens men and surf community leaders as finalists heading to Australian surfing’s night of nights in Manly on Thursday March 3rd.
 
Awards to be presented on the night include the Male Surfer of the Year, the Female Surfer of the Year, Rising Star Award, Milwaukee Waterman of the Year, ASB Surfing Spirit Award, Peter Troy Lifestyle Award, Surf Culture Award and the Simon Anderson Club Award.

Operated with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s Tourism and major events agency, the Australian Surfing Awards is renowned for recognising the best in surfing talent.

The Awards will also feature the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Movie of the Year, which will showcase the finest work taken by Australia’s best surf photographers and filmmakers during the past 12 months.

Twenty of the best images have been selected in the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year category and feature plenty of fresh faces and old favourites.

The judging panel included 11 members of the surfing community including competitor, industry and media representatives.

2016 Australian Surfing Awards - Finalists

Male Surfer of the Year: Owen Wright, Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning

Female Surfer of the Year: Sally Fitzgibbons, Felicity Palmateer, Tyler Wright

Rising Star Award: Isabella Nichols, Jack Robinson, Russel Bierke

Milwaukee Waterman of the Year Award: Mark Mathews, Jamie Mitchell, Mick Corbett

Australian Surf Business Surfing Spirit Award: Andrew McKinnon, OneWave, Waves for Water

Peter Troy Lifestyle Award: Andrew McKinnon, Bruce Channon, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart

Surf Culture Award: Becoming Westerly, Duke’s Day, White Horses Magazine

Simon Anderson Club Award: Burleigh Heads Boardriders Club, Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club, Culburra Beach Boardriders Club

Nikon Surf Movie of the Year: ASMF Rough Cuts, Cluster, Nix Nic Noley

Nikon Surf Photo of the Year: Top 20 finalists can be viewed here

The winner of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year will be awarded with a Nikon Photography Kit valued at $7,000. The winner of the Nikon Surf Movie of the Year will be awarded with a Nikon Film Kit valued at $7,500.
 
The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the Australian Sports Commission, Nikon, Milwaukee, Toyota, Original Source, Australasian Surf Business Magazine, XXXX Summer Bright Lager, DrinkWise, OnStone and Andrew Peace Wines.