Industry News 12/7/2015

EVENT: John Florence, Carissa Moore, and View From a Blue Moon Win Big at 2015 Surfer Poll

John Florence, Carissa Moore and View From a Blue Moon took top honors tonight at the 45th annual SURFER Poll.  Turtle Bay Resort, on the North Shore of Oahu, played host to the biggest night in surfing where SURFER magazine honored the fan-favorite men and women as well as top videos and performances of 2015.

In the Men’s Reader Poll, John Florence claimed his second No. 1, and dominated the Video Awards taking home Movie of the Year, Best Performance and Best Maneuver for his multi-faceted role in View From a Blue Moon co-directed by Blake Kueny.  Florence’s trajectory at the SURFER Poll began in 2011 when he earned his first award as the Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer. The following year, he debuted on the Reader Poll in the #2 position behind stalwart Kelly Slater. In 2013, he held strong at #2 on the Poll while also nabbing Best Performance and Movie of the Year video honors.  And in 2014, he made history by ousting 19-time fan favorite Kelly Slater from the top of the Poll after a decade reign.

“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. “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.”

2015 SURFER Poll Winners John Florence and Carissa Moore.  Photo: Grant Ellis


Newly crowned three-time World Champion, Carissa Moore, nabbed top honors in the Women’s category.  The win marks Moore’s second time topping the Poll, last winning in 2011.  The women have played musical chairs for the past several years with all of the Top 5 names carrying over from last year, in a slightly different order.

“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.”

After an amazing year that included wins at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Oi Rio Pro, Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal and Oakley Lowers Pro, Brazil’s Filipe Toledo, the youngest surfer on Tour and current World No. 2, was granted the prestigious Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer Award.

Worst Wipeout, decided by public vote, was awarded to Niccolo Porcella for his epic fail at Teahupo’o, Tahiti.

And, The North Shore Community Land Trust received the Agent of Change award and philanthropic donation from VIP table sales for their tireless work to protect and preserve the rural character of the North Shore of Hawaii.

“It’s always an awesome experience bringing the icons of our sport together for a night of celebration on the North Shore,” said SURFER Editor Todd Prodanovich.  “We’d like to congratulate all the winners, who pushed the limits of surfing and filmmaking this year and inspired us all in the process.”

If you missed the live webcast, log on to SurferPoll.com to see the full show, as well as behind-the-scenes photos, results, and more.

2015 SURFER Poll Results

Men’s Poll Winners:

#1 - John Florence

#2 - Kelly Slater

#3 - Mick Fanning

#4 - Julian Wilson

#5 - Gabriel Medina

#6 - Owen Wright

#7 - Dane Reynolds

#8 - Filipe Toledo

#9 - Kolohe Andino

#10 - Joel Parkinson

Women’s Poll Winners:

#1 - Carissa Moore

#2 - Sally Fitzgibbons

#3 - Coco Ho

#4 - Stephanie Gilmore

#5 - Alana Blanchard

Movie of the Year: View From A Blue Moon (Blake Kueny and John Florence)

Best Performance: John Florence, View From A Blue Moon

Best Short: Sampler (Marine Layer)

Best Documentary: The Fisherman’s Son (Chris Malloy)

Best Web Series: #Tournotes (Peter King)

Worst Wipeout: Niccolo Porcella, Teahupo’o

Best Barrel: Nathan Florence, Teahupoo

Best Maneuver: John Florence, View From A Blue Moon

Heavy Water: Jamie Mitchell

Agent of Change: North Shore Land Trust

A.I. Breakthrough Performance: Filipe Toledo

Special thanks to SURFER Magazine partners Nexen Tire, Martin Guitar, New Era, Peligroso Tequila, GoPro, Dos Equis, Turtle Bay Resort, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class for helping to bring the biggest night in surfing to life.