Last night the royalty of Australian surfing swapped boardies and bikinis for high heels and suit jackets, as the 2018 Australian Surfing Awards Hall of Fame night opened its doors to another historic year of surfing history.
Held in amongst the bright lights of Surfers Paradise, the night unveiled nominations and winners for a myriad of awards, from Surfer of the Year to Rising Stars, to the ASB Greater Good Award and Nikon Surf Photos of the Year.
For the second year running, Tyler Wright was honoured with the Female Surfer of the Year Award – an achievement that was made that much sweeter this time around, as her older brother Owen Wright took home the award for Male Surfer of the Year.
Both Tyler and Owen received their awards humbly, thanking their friends, family and Surfing Australia – the organisation that makes the Australian Surfing Awards possible.
Also nominated for awards were Kobie Enright, Mikey McDonagh and Barney Miller – Kobie and Mikey for the Rising Star award and Barney for both Male Surfer of the Year and the ASB Greater Good Award.
Trent Mitchell, a talented photographer and a long-time friend of Rip Curl, took home the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year award, for a beautiful long exposure image of criss-crossing waves, shot somewhere on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
It was a night to remember, and a huge congratulations goes out to all of the men and women who were nominated, and all of the men and women who won awards.
A special mention also goes to 1993 Women’s World Champion Pauline Menczer, who became the 40th inductee into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, and wow’ed the surfing world with her acceptance speech, harkening back to sleeping in board bags, battling through severe arthritis en route to becoming a World Champion. What a story, and what a deserving award.
Until next year, Hall of Fame!