Stars sparkle at awards night

TWEED'S world-beaters dominated proceedings at the annual Surfing Australia awards at the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

The soul and spirit of Australian surfing was on show as Tweed's Mick Fanning and Kingscliff's Stephanie Gilmore were again crowned surfers of the year.

Joining the two-time men's and four-time women's world champions and completing a local trifecta was Coolangatta's ASP world junior champion Jack Freestone who was named rising star.

A who's who of the Australian surfing community ditched the boardies and suited up for the glitzy night which also honoured legendary filmmaker Alby Falzon as the Hall of Fame's 33rd member.

Surfing Australia life membership was also awarded to Gold Coast surfing legend Robert ‘Bushy' Mitchell while the Boost Mobile Surf Sho jagged the surf event of year award and Werri Beach Boardriders the premier club.

Phil Jarratt's 2010 book Salts and Suits won the surf culture award while Jeremy Wilmotte's image of Rhys Bombacci was awarded the photo of the year.

Other honours went to Coastalwatch Research (pioneer award), Surfing Western Australia CEO Mark Lane (administration award), historian David ‘Mex' Sumpter (lifestyle award) and Surfaid CEO Andrew Judge (surf industry award).



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