Riptide 2013 Grom of the Year

And the nominees are…
The votes have been counted and we have your top five nominees from the Riptide Magazine 2013 Grom of the Year. Who do you reckon will take it out? All five guys have had gut-busting years, whether in contests or freesurfing, and have all left their mark on the bodyboard world in 2013.

For those of you who missed our Bodyboarder of the Year announcement last week – we surprised Ben Player in front of his family and friends in Sydney, presenting him with the winner’s trophy and $1,000 cheque to cap off his eye-watering year. Check out the video of the surprise and his 2013 highlights here. In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the top five nominees in the remaining eight awards categories, ahead of the winners announcement in Riptide #197, which goes on sale on Thursday, December 12.

The remaining categories are: Women’s Bodyboarder of the Year, Dropkneer of the Year, Craziest Wave of the Year, Biggest Move of the Year, DVD/Film of the Year, Clip/Podcast of the Year and Photographer of the Year. But for now enjoy the efforts of the world’s best groms – as voted by you and the world’s top riders. Who do you have your money on?

Once again big thanks to Michael Jennings from Adventure Productions for piecing together the clips, plus big ups to Carden Roberts, ReAbsorb Productions and Alex Chang for providing additional footage.

And while you’re waiting to find out who won, grab a copy of Riptide #196 – it features an interview with one of the five nominees, George Humphreys, and his good mate Davis Blackwell who just missed out. The interviewer was none other than Lewy Finnegan, another of the top five. It’s a classic read.

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