2012 SURFER Poll Results

Slater, Gilmore, and Dear Suburbia earn top honors

| posted on December 07, 2012

The winners at the 2012 SURFER Poll, all smiles. Photo: Ellis

For the third year running, the best surfers, filmmakers, and who’s who of the surf world have converged at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu for the Biggest Night is Surfing. This year, for the the 42nd annual SURFER Poll Awards, it was Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Dear Suburbia who took home top honors. Awards were also presented to the top surfers, as voted by fans, as well as the best movies and performances of the year.

A veteran of the Poll, this year marked Kelly Slater’s 18th SURFER Poll No. 1 Award. He first took the honor in 1993 when he was just 21 years old.

“Obviously I’m stoked, its been a long time with a lot of support from a lot of people,” said Slater. “It’s nice to be recognized by the surfing community and to come out at the top position. I’m surprised John John didn’t get first. I also thought Dane was going to get it this year—maybe next year. I think they split each other’s votes. They stole the election from each other.”

This year also saw two first-time additions to the Top 10. John John Florence, who in 2011 won the AI Breakthrough Performer Award, leapt into the second position on the list just behind Slater. Also making his SURFER Poll debut this year, Gabriel Medina became the first Brazilian to break the Top 10 on the coveted Poll. He also secured the distinguished AI Breakthrough Performer Presented by New Era award for 2012.

On the Women’s side of the Poll, the Top 5 from 2011 all remained on the list, with Alana Blanchard jumping up into the second position behind Stephanie Gilmore, who reclaimed the top spot for her third SURFER Poll victory.

“I am very excited about this year,” said Gilmore. “I was a little unsure of how it’d unfold, I wasn’t sure if I was going to come out on top because I didn’t win last year. I seriously had one of the best years of my life, and I guess everybody else thought that too. These awards are so important, because it’s the fans voting, so it means a lot.”

In the Video Awards, Kai Neville’s Dear Suburbia was the big winner of the night, earning the prestigious Movie of the Year title. In a category where it’s an honor just to be nominated, other films included Surf Madness, Bending Colours, Get-N Classic Vol. 2, This Time Tomorrow, and Fighting Fear.

“I am absolutely thrilled. It’s really unexpected and I’m so psyched and humbled. It’s hard to put into words how stoked I am,” said Kai Neville. “I was really close to this project and to have it be so well received means a lot. I was really happy with the end result and if other people are psyched on it too, I guess that means I must be doing something right and I’m not tapped yet.”

And finally, it was another solid year for Dane Reynolds. In addition to the No. 3 spot on the Poll, he scooped up the Best Performance award for his role in Dear Suburbia.

Top 10 Men
1. Kelly Slater
2. John Florence
3. Dane Reynolds
4. Gabriel Medina
5. Mick Fanning
6. Joel Parkinson
7. Julian Wilson
8. Taj Burrow
9. Jordy Smith
10. Owen Wright

Top 5 Women
1. Steph Gilmore
2. Alana Blanchard
3. Coco Ho
4. Carissa Moore
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

AI Breakthrough Performer Presented by New Era
Gabriel Medina

Movie of the Year
Dear Suburbia by Kai Neville

Best Performance
Dane Reynolds, Dear Suburbia

Heavy Water
Shane Dorian

Best Barrel
Reef McIntosh, Fiji Freight Trains

Worst Wipeout
Mark Mathews, Fighting Fear

Short of the Year
Electric Blue Heaven, by Joe G

Agent of Change
Jack Shimko and Paddle2Live

Click here to see photos, videos, and to watch the show in its entirety.

  • Turpentine

    Why is Alana second, because guys think she’s hot?
    Also terrible blouse Stephanie.

  • Jimmy the Saint

    Heartfelt congratulations to Steph Gilmore, I am very pleased she won both the World Championship and the Surfer Poll award this year after what she has recently been through

  • jake

    How did WARD STORIES not win best short? Is this a joke?

  • Dandaman

    Guys, guys, guys. You’re don’t have to vote for Alana to be eligible to bash your next one out. You can do that for free.
    Last nights Womens Poll result put their sport back 30 years in a flash.
    Yes Alana is cute but outvoting Carissa More in A SURFER Poll? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  • Mik

    @Dandaman: obviously you have not seen her back-side, i mean backhand style?

    Uh, Gangnam style?

  • Steve

    Are these last year’s results?

  • greg

    What a brilliant idea to give out ukuleles as a prize. Everyone should do that. Oh wait, they do? Hoorah for ukuleles!

  • http://surfer jeff

    Alana and Coco,ahead fo Carissa and Sally? What a crock!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dandaman

    @Mik. You are genius and have enlightened as all.