SURFER MAGAZINE'S 2005 SURFER POLL AND VIDEO AWARDS PRESENTED BY AMERICAN SUZUKI
TO HONOR THE YEAR'S BEST SURFERS AND VIDEOS
Biggest Names in Surfing, Music and Entertainment Converge at 33rd Annual Event
at The Grove in Anaheim, California, September 13, 2005
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 August, 2005 : - - DANA POINT, Calif., August 8, 2005 - SURFER Magazine, the industry-leading publication published by PRIMEDIA Inc., today announced its "2005 SURFER Poll and Video Awards Presented by American Suzuki Motor Corporation" will take place on September 13, 2005, at The Grove in Anaheim, Calif. Renowned faces from the worlds of action sports, music and entertainment will converge to honor the best surfers and surf cinematography on an evening that is touted as one of the most prestigious in surfing. The event will be covered exclusively on www.surfermag.com and broadcast for the third consecutive year in a one-hour television special on FUEL TV. Previous years included pre-show and awards highlights, athlete interviews and SURFER Poll history. Check www.fuel.tv for airdates and times.
"For nearly four decades now, this annual celebration has been the biggest in the surf world," said SURFER Editor Chris Mauro. "It's our version of the Oscars, except there are no scripts and nothing is rehearsed. Anything can happen and it usually does."
The SURFER Poll, hosted by sports commentator and X Games personality Sal Masekela, is a unique part of surf culture, giving readers of SURFER Magazine an opportunity to vote for and recognize their favorite 10 male and five female athletes. Over the years, the SURFER Poll has come to represent the highest honor in the surf world and is the oldest and most anticipated awards show of the year. An estimated 20,000 voters cast their ballots last year and at least as many are expected to participate this year. Voting continues until Aug. 15th at www.surfermag.com. Sure to be another heated battle for the men's number one spot is between last year's winner and current WCT points leader Kelly Slater and last year's second-place winner, current world champion and recent U.S. Open winner Andy Irons. Former world champion Layne Beachley won the women's category last year. Other past winners include legendary surfers Tom Curren, Lisa Andersen, Nat Young, Corky Carroll, Phil Edwards and Mark Richards.
The awards ceremony has made an even bigger impact in recent years with the addition of the SURFER Video Awards, which honors the finest in surf filmmaking from the preceding year. Awards are given in eight categories, ranging from "Best Wipeout," a category that always draws significant "oohs and ahhs" from the crowd, to "Most Radical Maneuver" and "Best Cinematography," to "Photo of the Year" and "Video of the Year." The Boost Mobile "Breakthrough Performer" award, presented to 12-year-old standout Carissa Moore last year, honors an up-and-coming athlete who has proven they will have an impact on the sport for years to come. The photo and video award recipients, unlike the SURFER Poll awards, are selected by the SURFER Magazine staff.
The 2005 SURFER Poll and Video Awards Presented by American Suzuki expects to draw nearly 2,000 top industry executives, pro surfers, as well as celebrities and other notable personalities. Past presenters, performers and attendees include: big-wave surfing legends Laird Hamilton and Gerry Lopez, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman (the real life Gidget), members of the Foo Fighters, Kelly Osbourne, Jack Johnson, Chris Isaak, Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer) and Sanoe Lake (Blue Crush). Look for special presenters and guest musicians during the 2005 show.
Thanks to presenting sponsor American Suzuki, co-sponsors Boost Mobile and Red Bull and media sponsor Fuel TV for their contributions to make this event happen.
Attendance is by invitation only. For more event information visit: http://surfermag.com/surferpoll/
About American Suzuki
The Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., was founded in 1985 by Suzuki Motor Corporation. ASMC markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of nearly 540 automotive dealerships in 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide automobile manufacturer with sales of more than 2 million new vehicles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has operations in 125 countries. For media information and photos visit: www.media.suzuki.com
Upon its inception in 1960, SURFER Magazine brought a unity of voice and vision to an otherwise niche and fragmented sport. Today, the original surf publication is widely recognized as the "Bible of the Sport" and the driving force in the surf world, reaching more surfers worldwide than any other surf magazine. SURFER is part of PRIMEDIA's Action Sports Group (ASG) that reaches more than 2 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming.
About PRIMEDIA's Action Sports Group
Reaching more than 2 million enthusiasts, PRIMEDIA's ASG is the dominant force in the action sports and adventure sports arenas. In addition to SURFER, the ASG publishes leading lifestyle publications such as Surfing, SG, Snowboarder, Skateboarder, Bike, Powder and Canoe & Kayak. PRIMEDIA's ASG delivers a cutting-edge network of online properties, events and television programming. Learn more online at: www.actionsportsgroup.net
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