Finalists announced for 2022 Australian Surfing Awards
Published on 31/01/2023

Some of the biggest names in surfing have been revealed as finalists in the 2022 Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame. Jack Robinson, Ethan Ewing, Stephanie Gilmore and Sophie McCulloch are among the top athletes who could take out Male and Female Surfer of the Year.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said: “You won’t be too surprised by the finalists given the high calibre of surfing in 2022. It’s been an epic 12 months for our athletes and the surfing community making this year’s event one of the most exciting yet. This is a chance to recognise not only our top surfers but also those who work behind the scenes in events, business, media, photography and more. And of course induct a new person into the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame.”

Australia Surfing’s night of nights will be held at QT Gold Coast on Thursday, 16th February.

Hosted by surf media icons, Vaughan Blakey and Jess Grimwood, the awards honour the best surfers over the past 12 months across 17 categories, adding to the excitement of our biggest gong, the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, which this year goes to Taj Burrow.

Finalists for 2022 Australian Surfing Awards Incorporating The Hall of Fame:

MALE SURFER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Ewing
Jack Robinson
Callum Robson

HARVEY NORMAN FEMALE SURFER OF THE YEAR
Sophie McCulloch
Molly Picklum 
Stephanie Gilmore 

MALE PARA SURFER OF THE YEAR
Jack Jackson
Kirk Watson
Mark Mono Stewart

FEMALE PARA SURFER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Jane Gibson
Emma Dieters
Jocelyn Neumueller

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY MALE RISING STAR
Marlon Jesse Harrison
Jarvis Earl
Willis Droomer

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY FEMALE RISING STAR
Ellie Harrison
Sierra Kerr
Coco Cairns 

HEAVY WATER AWARD
Oliver Henry
Matthew Formston
Max McGuigan

REEFTIP GREATER GOOD AWARD
Belinda Baggs 
Equal Pay for Equal Play – Lucy Small and Kate Allman
Cooper Chapman – The Good Human Factory

PETER TROY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Andrew McKinnon
Glen Elliott
Warren Smith

RUFFIE COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jay Thompson
Tom Whittaker
Allison O’Halloran

SURF SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD
Coastrider Surf Academy
Maroochydore Surf School
Midwest Surf School – Keith Roffman

ACCIONA INNOVATION AWARD
Yamaha 2022 FXHO Jet Ski
Stuart Campbell – Exo Flex Techonlogy / Campbell Designed
Garmin Instinct Solar – Surf Edition

ZAMBRERO SURF CULTURE AWARD
Gill Hutchison & Willem-Dirk du Toit – Surf Life Book
Legends of Surf 72 – Andrew McKinnon, Karen Neilsen, Rod Brooks
Stab Magazine

SIMON ANDERSON CLUB AWARD
Long Reef Boardriders Club
Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club
Mermaid Nobby’s Miami (MNM) Boardriders

WOOLWORTHS INDIGENOUS SURFING COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AWARD
Amber Mercy
Forster Boardriders
Macquarie Sports (Macquarie Group)

SURFING AUSTRALIA SURF VIDEO OF THE YEAR
ACSOD Movie 
Slow Lane – Laurie Towner
Facing Monsters | Garage Entertainment

SURF PHOTO OF THE YEAR
Luke Workman
Ted Grambeau
Jason Childs

The Australian Surfing Awards are supported by Major Events Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

The Awards are also supported by Harvey Norman, Griffith University, Reeftip Drinks Co., Zambrero, ACCIONA, QT Gold Coast, Steel City and Andrew Peace Wines.

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