28 June, 2012 28 June, 2012

Neck & Neck – Last day to vote for final slot in Oakley 1WW

Voting for the last finalist in contention for the Oakley One Wave Wonder Ride of the Season closes tomorrow at 12pm, and right now it’s neck and neck for who’s going to take the win.

Will it be Brandon Jackson’s endless tube, Beyrick De Vries’s crazy double-air entry, Twiggy’s XXL barrel in Fiji, or one of the other crazy June contenders? The only thing for certain right now is that YOU have a hand in deciding the winner.

The public vote counts for a full 50% in deciding the finalist, with the other 50% made up from the panel of five judges. Log on to www.1wavewonder.co.za now and cast your vote for your favourite ride by simply entering your details and clicking the vote button.

The winning entry for June scoops a cool R15 000 split between the surfer and the videographer, as well as going into contention for the Ride of the Season title against the four other monthly winners. Voting for the Ride of the Season kicks off immediately after this month’s winner is announced on Friday morning and runs until the day of the awards, Wednesday 1 July. The surfer who claims the Ride of the Season will win a healthy R30 000 cash as well as a Yamaha waverunner valued at over R120 000, while the videographer who captured the ride will score a trip for two to Macaronis Surf Resort in the Mentawais made possible by All Aboard Surf Travel.

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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