Shane Dorian: surfing waves since you were a kid

Shane Dorian is the "Waterman of the Year" by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), in 2012. The big wave surfer turned up in the surf media map in the late 80s and has since won a Hawaiian state title and pushed the paddle-in limits on the North Shore's outer reefs.

Dorian is known as one of the most influential names in big-wave riding today. He helped spearhead the "New School" of surfing, contended for a world title, towed in at spots like Jaws and continues to be on the frontier of cutting-edge, high-performance surfing.

"As one of the most universally respected big-wave surfers, Shane Dorian is a pioneer in the world of surfing who is constantly chasing the dream of surfing the world's biggest wave," said Doug Palladini, SIMA President.

"As a well-seasoned athlete, Shane's skill level, methodical planning and long-term goals for big-wave surfing are all qualities that are constantly pushing the sport of surfing to grow. A true waterman, it is an honor to call Shane this year's Waterman of the Year."

As not only a wave slayer who fears nothing, Dorian also gives back to the Hawaiian community annually during the Shane Dorian Keiki Classic, which spreads the love of surfing for free to Hawaiian youth and collects food for charity.

SIMA will also be honouring Jean-Michel Cousteau as "Environmentalist of the Year" and the late Sean Collins with the "2012 Lifetime Achievement Award". The world renowned ocean explorer and the experienced forecaster have surely been supporting the cause of oceans and the spirit of the seas.

"Sean's passion for surfing, revolutionary business ideas and knowledge of the ocean made him one of the most influential figures in the world of surfing. Jean-Michel's passion for the ocean is contagious. As the founder of the Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel lives his life as the perfect example of the organization's motto, 'the voice of the ocean.'", adds Naude.