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Florence ousts Slater to claim Surfer popularity poll

John John Florence & Stephanie Gilmore © Surfer Magazine



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Gilmore reclaims her top spot in the Surfer Mag Poll

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 December, 2014 - Oahu - History was made once again at the 45th annual Surfer Poll Awards tonight with John Florence ousting long-time fan favorite Kelly Slater from the top of the Poll and six-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore reclaiming her place at the top of the women’s Poll. Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu set the stage for the illustrious event gathering the best surfers, filmmakers and surf legends all under one roof to honor the best films and performances of the year.

Florence’s Surfer Poll win marks his first, although he’s been threatening to take over for the past few years. Last year, in addition to taking second on the Poll, he claimed Best Performance and Movie of the Year and in 2012 he earned the prestigious A.I. Breakthrough Performer Award.  His win this year puts an end to Kelly Slater’s 10-year reign, having won a total of 19 Polls since his first win back in 1993. 

“It feels great to win. I’m super stoked to finally get over Kelly. He’s obviously the best surfer in the world and I’ve always looked up to him,” said Florence. “I can’t say enough good things about Kelly. In all honesty, I was really shocked to hear that I’d won. He keeps beating me by a hair, so I feel like hopefully I’m bucking the trend with this win.”

Stephanie Gilmore reclaimed the top spot on the Women’s Poll for her fourth SURFER Poll victory.  The women have played musical chairs for the last few years with all of the Top 5 names carrying over, just in a slightly different order.

“Every single year we come to the Surfer Poll and we watch these videos of the maneuvers that guys like John John Florence, Kelly Slater, and Albee Layer have done,” Gilmore said, “and we’re inspired and we think: ‘I wonder if it’s even possible to go further? So for me, I still feel like I’ve got so much stuff to work on.”

In the Video Awards, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La was the big winner of the night claiming the esteemed Movie of the Year title. Also notable this year, the Worst Wipeout Award was decided by public vote and awarded to Myron Porter for his horrific wipeout at The Right from Big Wave Hellmen. 

Sustainable Surf received the “Agent of Change” award and philanthropic donation from VIP table sales.

2014 SURFER Poll Results

Top 10 Men

1. John Florence

2. Kelly Slater

3. Gabriel Medina

4. Mick Fanning

5. Jordy Smith

6. Dane Reynolds

7. Joel Parkinson

8. Julian Wilson

9. Kolohe Andino

10. Taj Burrow


Top 5 Women

1. Stephanie Gilmore

2. Sally Fitzgibbons

3. Carissa Moore

4. Coco Ho

5. Alana Blanchard


AI Breakthrough Performer
Noa Deane

Movie of the Year
Strange Rumblings in Shangri La, directed by Joe G.

Best Performance
Albee Layer, Attractive Distractions

Heavy Water
Grant “Twiggy” Baker

Best Barrel
Koa Smith, Skeleton Bay, from Diamond Of The Desert

Worst Wipeout
Myron Porter, The Right, from Big Wave Hellmen

Best Documentary
Thundercloud, directed by Talon Clemow

Best Short
Cheese II, Noa Deane & Shane Fletcher

Best Maneuver
Kelly Slater, Portugal, from Tour Notes

Agent of Change
Sustainable Surf

Dawn Hamilton

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