15 June, 2012 15 June, 2012

The Home Stretch: Oakley One Wave Wonder still anybody’s game!


One Wave Wonder entry – Chris Leppan, Mad Barrel from Zag Tv on Vimeo.

There’s just under two weeks left to get a final entry into the Oakley One Wave Wonder, with a crack at the ultimate grand prize of R30 000 cash and a Yamaha Wave Runner valued at R120 000 for the surfer, and an all expenses paid trip for two to Indo for the person who documents it.

The final month is shaping up to be a tube showdown of note, with Brandon Jackson’s mega-long pit going up against a number of other smoking barrels. The groms are representing in the tube too, with Dylan Wichman leading the charge for the lighties so far with his red-hot Kalk Bay tunnel.

But don’t be fooled into thinking a barrel is a slam-dunk for the win. If this year has proved anything, it’s that the judges and the public are favouring huge punts and combos over big pits, which means the door is still wide open for anyone planning on dropping a final entry.

You’ve got until 25 June to upload your own entry, after which public voting will be open until 29 June. The winner for June pockets R15 000 for the surfer and videographer. They will then join the four other finalists in contention for the Ride of the Season, which will also be decided by a 50% public and 50% judge’s vote. Voting for Ride of the Season begins immediately when the last finalist is announced on 29 June, and will close on 12pm midday on 4 July, with the overall winner announced that evening.

See all the action on www.1wavewonder.co.za

Tubes, airs, carves, tow-ins, tow-ats, massive waves, small waves, combos… We’re looking for anything deemed an outstanding single ride by entrants that pushes the performance of surfing. And the best thing? It’s open to any South African surfer, no matter where in the world the ride is documented.

The rules remain largely the same. The event officially starts 1 January 2012, but with a slightly different prize structure. The monthly loot has been increased to R15000, (R9000 to the surfer, R6000 to the person who documents it). All five monthly winners will automatically become finalists for the Ride of the Season, where one winner will be voted for after the contest closes on 30 June 2012.

The winning surfer will then hit the motherload with a cash prize of R30 000, and this year a Yamaha VX1100 WaveRunner valued at R120k. The person who documents it won’t fare too badly themselves, scoring an all expenses paid trip for two to Macaronis Surf Camp, worth over R50 000 and made possible by All Aboard Travel.

Groms get to cash in as well, with the best U16 clip each month winning a custom shape from Spider valued at over R3000.

As with the 2011 edition, both January and February rides will count for the first month. To upload entries or vote, simply sign up as a member on the website. Go to www.1wavewonder.co.za for all the rules, terms and conditions.

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