SAN CLEMENTE, CA (August 24, 2011) --SURFER Magazine announced today that 2011 SURFER Poll voting is officially open. The annual award show has become an institution of the surf world, allowing readers to choose the top ten male and top five female surfers in the world. Visit to make your voice heard. Voting will be open until October 31, and the awards will be presented live via webcast on December 6 during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu.

Each year, SURFER's readers flock to the polls to cast their vote on the most relevant and progressive surfers of the year. With only 13 surfers in history ever attaining the coveted top men's honor, the award is undeniably the highest distinction fans can bestow on the professionals influencing the sport and culture around the world.

Recent years have seen Kelly Slater continually dominate the top men's spot. However, his acceptance speech last year urged voters to cast their ballots for Dane Reynolds in 2011, because, as the 16-time SURFER Poll winner put it, "He has never won anything, and I don't know how, but I want to see his acceptance speech next year." Past men's top honors have been bestowed on iconic surfers such as Phil Edwards (1963), Shaun Tomson (1978), Tom Curren (1985-1992), and Andy Irons (2002, 2003).

The women's SURFER Poll winners have been a bit less predictable throughout the years, with a new crop of females rising to the occasion each year. Stephanie Gilmore won her second SURFER Poll last year, but with the Leave A Message generation hot on her heels, this year is far from an easy three-peat for the four-time World Champ.

Be sure to visit to have your say in the future of surfing and solidify your favorite surfers' spots in the history books. Then, on December 6, 2011, tune into the LIVE webcast to see which names will be added to one of the surf world's most exclusive clubs.

In the meantime, follow SURFER Magazine (@SURFER_Magazine) and SURFER Poll (@Surferpoll) on Twitter for insider information and updates on what's going on in the surf world.

Special thanks to these brands for their support: Verizon Wireless, Skullcandy, GoPro, Pacifico, and New Era.

In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include, Fantasy Surfer, and the SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by Source Interlink’s GrindMedia, which reaches more than 22-million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. To learn more, visit

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