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2012 Surfer Poll Nominees

Announcing the best films and performances of the year

| posted on November 18, 2012

Reef McIntosh, Best Barrel and Heavy Water Nominee for the 2012 SURFER Poll Awards. Photo: Glaser

The Biggest Night in Surfing is just over two weeks away. On December 6, we’ll not only announce the Top 10 Men and Top 5 Women, as chosen by you, but we’ll also award the best films and performances of the year. Below are the nominees for Best Barrel, Worst Wipeout, Heavy Water, Best Short (for films under 20 minutes), Best Performance, and Movie of the Year. Tune in to Surferpoll.com on the evening of December 6 to watch the show live.

Best Barrel
Ian Walsh, Fiji Freight Trains
Reef McIntosh, Fiji Freight Trains
Clay Marzo, Let’s Surf Seriously
John John Florence, Dear Suburbia
Shane Dorian, Seared Peahi
Dave Wassel, Fiji Freight Trains

Worst Wipeout
Mark Mathews, Fighting Fear
Bradley Norris, Immersion
James McKean, Immersion
Issac Stant, Seared Peahi
Matt Meola, Seared Peahi

Heavy Water
Mark Healey
Shane Dorian
Greg Long
Ian Walsh
Reef McIntosh
Mark Mathews

Best Short (Click here to watch them all.)
Seared Peahi
Excerpt
Electric Blue Heaven
Cliché
Fiji Freight Trains
Ward Stories, Barbados Episode

Best Performance
John John Florence, Get-N Classic Volume 2
Dane Reynolds, Dear Suburbia
Mason Ho, Elementary
Jordy Smith, Bending Colours
Jack Freestone, Daze at Sea
Chippa Wilson, Let’s Surf Seriously

Movie of the Year (Click here to watch all the trailers.)
Surf Madness
Bending Colours
Get-N Classic Volume 2
Dear Suburbia
This Time Tomorrow
Fighting Fear

  • Tom

    For the love of God will Fergal Smith ever be recognised for the heavy water award.

  • Rodrigo

    Once again you gringos looking at your belly-button, no nominee for Ramon Navarro or Kohl Christensen?? Give me a break! Best Barrel, Heavy Water, open your eyes!

  • e

    How about Ramon Navarro for heavy water and barrel??

  • Spidah

    Couldn’t agree more w the others. How do u not have Ramon Navarro in there? I understand Surfer is US mag but surfing is international sport and its getting a little embarrassing as an American fan to see the Brazilians and other foreign surfers (except Aussies) get dissed year after year by surf media.

  • http://www.bendover.com Ben D.

    The movies part of these awards are a political hoax. The films aren’t even voted, just decided by Surfer staff, so inevitably the Surfer sponsored movie wins every year. For years Taylor Steele boycotted these awards for this reason, but now he’s got a Surfer-sponsored film “This Time Tomorrow” so he has no choice but to accept his foregone conclusion of winning. Congratulations, Mr. Steele.

    Think they’ll pick “Dear Suburbia” — made by the What Youth guys who snubbed them? Or “Here & Now,” sponsored by their main competitor Surfing. Ha! Be surprised if this comment even posted. Oh well… we all know the truth. Of course they can’t vote for their competitors.

    • Brendon Thomas

      @Ben D. Check your facts. Last year Year Zero won which was sponsored by SURFER’s main competitor Surfing. Modern Collective won the year before also sponsored by a competitor.

  • mike

    and Wassell too…..guy is a maniac…..and should be considered for best barrel in Fiji….and wave of the year at jaws…

  • mike

    the fiji footage is insane……john john , cj, gudausakas bros, …bruce, nate….all were present…but….where was SLater…seriously….is it me…or did the best competetive surfer in the world…eddie winner and 12x world champ puss out on the best cloudbreak swell ever…..he should be a little embarrassed that JJF is charging no vest…and Slater was at Restaurants

  • Airdrop76

    Gotta agree with the guys – Where is Ramon Navarro’s nomination for Barrel?

    Navarro at Cloudbreak
    Dorian at Jaws

    All others need not apply.

    @mike – Slater was in the com booth
    He paddled out just after the cameras stopped rolling :)

  • Jeff Smith

    SURFER MAGAZINE!!!! I and pretty much the entire world of surfing are hereby
    Formally requesting that you(Surfer Magazine) Immediatly AMEND the list of nominees to Include RAMON NAVARRO.
    His tuberide was nothing less than Historic!!! I find it puzzeling that he was overlooked.Someone really ”screwed the pooch” on this one, I hope this was an oversight,and I’m sure the awesome staff at SURFER MAGAZINE,will correct this right away.I really hope SURFER staff read’s this,along with the other comments regarding RAMON NAVARRO,and all who read this also respond so we can be heard!!!!

  • Lane

    Yes Navarro’s wave was amazing. DS best movie

  • Ben

    Seriously, how did you guys miss Navarro for barrel of the year? Second to Reef’s barrel, Navarro’s two were the best of the cloudbreak session. I remember the first time I saw that footage being in awe of the guy’s nuts charging!

  • Chris

    No Navarro?! Wtf?!

  • kamikazeandy

    ①Ramon Navarro at cloud break
    ②Heath Joske at J-Bay during heat as Billabong pro

  • Chileansurferpissed

    ADD RAMON NOW!!!!

  • Justin L.

    All of the surfers indicated in these categories are all amazing athletes, no one is disputing that, however…….. to not include Ramon Navarro’s barrel is a complete travesty……
    it obvious I am not the only person who thinks this as well.

  • Dang3rtown

    I DEMAND RAMON NAVARRO!!!

    Seriously, this is a joke. Make it right.

  • James B

    Embarassing…. NOT having Ramon Navarro´s Fiji barrel in this list???? BIASED

  • Sal

    After re-watching the footage, I have to agree with everybody else. Ramon’s barrel definitely belongs in there as much- or more- than any of the other selections. That was a barrel that people will be talking about for years, as he really raised the bar and pushed the envelope on that one. I don’t think the same could be said for some of the other selections.

  • merino

    NAVARRO´S FIJI BARREL IS ALREADY THE BEST TUBE OF THE YEAR, NO DOUBT AT ALL, MAYBE THE BEST TUBE OF THE DECADE, MAYBE IN HISTORY! I NEVER SEE IN MY ALL LIFE A BIGGEST, PERFECT AND DEEPEST TUBE LIKE THAT, SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR NOMINEES!!

  • fausto

    I propose julians wilson´s barrel in the final of portugal for barrel of the year. And definitely kolohe andino for the heavy water. easy choices

  • ido from israel

    im shocked-no RAMON NAVARRO??
    no one in fiji got deepper and re-apeared AFTER the spit
    SHAME!

  • Bernardo

    What about RAMON NAVARRO?? Is that a political indication? come on….

  • thomas

    Seriusly ???? RAMON NAVARRO is not on the list ‘??????????????????

    surfer mag a real shame , you should add navarro.

    thomas from CHILE

  • I vote for

    Navarro gets my vote :)

  • Andre

    RAMON NAVARRO GOT THE BEST TUBE OF THE YEAR. C’mon, Surfer, he earned.

  • Neco

    I’ve seen the Fiji footage like 100 times and Ramon Navarro’s wave was the best hands down. He is not even nomited? I think and many others that he shoul be nominated.