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Proud new dad Michel Bourez and his girl. Photo: ASP


2012 ASP World Surfing Awards Honors Champions Amidst Rock Extravaganza

GOLD COAST, Queensland/Australia (Friday, February 24, 2012) – The 29th Annual ASP World Surfing Awards went off tonight at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre with the world’s best surfers trading the beachwear for formal attire as the 2011 ASP World Champions were officially crowned.

Kelly Slater

11-Time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and his girlfriend Kalani Miller at the 29th annual ASP Awards Banquet. Photo: ASP

Kelly Slater (USA), 40, and Carissa Moore (HAW), 19, took top honors for the evening, collecting the ASP World Title and ASP Women’s World Title respectively. “I have actually been on tour longer than some of my fellow competitors have been alive,” Slater said. “All joking aside, it’s truly humbling to be up here and honored in front of such an incredible collection of surfers. I want to thank everyone in the room for pushing me to where I am.”

In addition to honoring the 2011 ASP World Champions, the ASP World Surfing Awards included new accolades voted on by the fans and the surfers themselves. For the first time in several years, ASP Life Membership was awarded to Hawaiian legend and icon of high-performance surfing, Larry Bertlemann (HAW), 56.

“Where surfing is today is where I dreamed it should be in the 70’s,” Bertlemann said. “You guys absolutely deserve this and I’m so honored to be up here in front of you all tonight.” Grammy Award-winning artists Wolfmother and The Vernons rounded out the night’s entertainment which was all streamed live around the world.

Wolfmother

Grammy Award-winning band Wolfmother ripping the stage at the ASP Banquet. Photo: ASP

2012 ASP WORLD SURFING AWARDS RECIPIENTS:
ASP World Champion: Kelly Slater (USA)
ASP Women’s World Champion: Carissa Moore (HAW)
ASP World Runner-Up: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
ASP Women’s World Runner-Up: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
ASP World Rookie of the Year: Julian Wilson (AUS)
ASP Women’s World Rookie of the Year: Tyler Wright (AUS)
ASP Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
ASP Women’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Courtney Conlogue (USA)
ASP World Junior Champion: Caio Ibelli (BRA)
ASP Women’s World Junior Champion: Leila Hurst (HAW)
ASP World Longboard Champion: Taylor Jensen (USA)
ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion: Lindsay Steinriede (USA)
ASP Masters Champion: Nathan Webster (AUS)
ASP Grand Masters Champion: Iain Buchanan (NZL)
ASP Men’s Entertainer (Fan Vote): Kelly Slater (USA)
ASP Women’s Entertainer (Fan Vote): Carissa Moore (HAW)
ASP Men’s Underrated (Fan Vote): Gabriel Medina (BRA)
ASP Women’s Underrated (Fan Vote): Silvana Lima (BRA)
ASP Surfers’ Surfer (Men’s Peer Vote): Michel Bourez (PYF)
ASP Heat of the Year (Men’s Peer Vote): Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS), Rip Curl Pro Portugal
ASP Manoeuvre of the Year (Men’s Peer Vote): Kelly Slater (USA), Quiksilver Pro New York
ASP Surfers’ Surfer (Women’s Peer Vote): Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
ASP Heat of the Year (Women’s Peer Vote): Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons, Roxy Pro Gold Coast
ASP Maneuver of the Year (Women’s Peer Vote): Tyler Wright (AUS), Roxy Pro Gold Coast
ASP Peter Whittaker Award: Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
ASP Lifetime Membership Award: Larry Bertlemann (HAW)