The amazing performances of the finalists highlight the diversity of surfing in America, with powerful representation from the East, West and Gulf Coasts. All three produced classic waves this summer and provided the canvas for brilliant surfing from both world champs and local heroes alike.
The surfers were equally diverse in their backgrounds, with finalists hailing from locales ranging from North Carolina to Florida to California to Hawaii to Australia. Top surfing videographers around the nation captured the action as it happened all summer and uploaded the visual proof to the Freewave website for public analysis.
$40,000 is up for grabs -- surfers will share $31,700 while the shooters will pocket $8,300 for their role in documenting the state of the art in surfing this summer.
Over 150 video clips were entered in the Billabong Freewave virtual free surfing competition. The finalists were selected based on public popularity combined with the input of a selection committee.
The ultimate placings will now be decided over the next two weeks by the votes of a large panel consisting of the surfers and videographers themselves and the writers and editors of surfing media worldwide. The final rankings will be announced starting October 15, 2008.
MONSTER MANEUVER finalists: ($15,700 total prize money)
Ryan Carlson, 540 Rodeo at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
Aaron Cormican, Air Reverse at Gulf Coast, Florida. Video by Jerry Ricotti
Mason Ho, Backside 360 Air at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
Zach Rhinehart, McTwist at Oceanside, California. Video by Boost Video
Cody Thompson, Alley Oop Plus at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Evan Thompson
SMALL FRIES/16 AND UNDER finalists ($8,150 total prize money)
Kolohe Andino at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Chris Gabriel
Luke Davis at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Chris Gabriel
Andrew Doheny at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Noah Alani
BEST BARREL finalists ($8,150 total prize money)
Jesse Hines at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Video by Joe Cheshire
Zander Morton on the Gulf Coast, Florida. Video by Jerry Ricotti
Geoff Moysa at Newport Beach, California. Video by Shorescrew/Lugo Lugo
HEARTBREAKER/FEMALE PERFORMANCE finalists ($6,300 total prize money)
Claire Bevilacqua, Backside air at Encinitas, California. Video by Chris Grant
Carissa Moore, Multiple moves at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Chris Moore
Carissa Moore, Air at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Chris Moore
LONGEST RIDE finalists ($1,700 winner take all)
Ashley Lloyd at Santa Cruz, California. Video by Chris Grant
Marc Moore at Malibu, California. Video by Kelly Cox
Kelly Nicely at Cardiff Reef, California. Video by Chris Grant