The SURFER Poll will once again be hosted by E! Entertainment and X Games personality Sal Masekela. The top contenders for the men's poll award are 2005 poll winner and seven time world champ Kelly Slater, 2005's second place poll winner Andy Irons and current U.S. Open winner Rob Machado. Other nominees include: CJ Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Mick Fanning, Bobby Martinez, Kalani Robb, Taj Burrow and Tom Curren. Women's nominees are: Keala Kennelly, Lisa Anderson, Sophia Mulanovich, Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard, Carissa Moore, and Layne Beachley.
Pro surfer and entertainment personality Peter King will host the Video Awards, given in nine categories. A sneak peek into a few of the nominees, include: Damien Hobgood from "Secret Machine" for "Best Tube," Andy Irons from "Campaign 2" for "Best Male Performance," Chelsea Georgeson from "Shimmer" for "Best Female Performance" and "1st Chapter: Dane Reynolds" for "Movie of the Year."
Other Video Award categories are: the "Heavy Water Award" presented by Corona, "Photo of the Year," "Worst Wipeout," "Best Cinematography," "Breakthrough Filmmaker," "Best Documentary" and the highly regarded "Boost Breakthrough Performer of the Year." Previous winners of the "Boost Breakthrough Performer of the Year" award have been Carissa Moore and Jamie O'Brien. The 2006 presenters for the SURFER Poll include pro skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and Ultimate Fighters BJ Pin and Rampage. During the show guests will be treated to an acoustic performance by pro surfer, turned musician Timmy Curren accompanied by Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters and Dave Kennedy of Angels and Airways.
Thanks to presenting sponsor Suzuki Automotive, co-sponsors Boost Mobile, Corona and media sponsor FUEL TV for their contributions to make this event happen.
About American Suzuki
The Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., were 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, motorcycle and outboard motors manufacturer with sales of more than 2 million new vehicles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has operations in 125 countries.
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.
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