SURFER Poll award winners are chosen by two groups of people:
1. The Top 10 Men, Top 5 Women, and Movie of the Year are voted on by our readers at Surferpoll.com. Anyone can vote, but voting is limited to one ballot per person.
2. The filmmaking awards are chosen by a panel of judges that includes the SURFER Magazine editorial staff, select members of the Top 10 Men and Top 5 Women categories, notable filmmakers who are not entered in this year’s competition, legendary surfers, and other experts who understand the demands of surf filmmaking. The goal is to honor the films and surfers that will have a lasting imprint on the art and act of surfing.