Meagan Ethell: Women's Wakeboarder of the Year 2015 | Photo: Puccini/Red Bull

Harley Clifford and Meagan Ethell have been hailed the best wakeboarders of 2015, at Wakeboarding's Annual Wake Awards, held in Florida.

The event crowned the season's finest wakeboarders and industry professionals in 13 categories. The Surf Expo gathered riders, fans and wake executives.

The Wake Awards have noted that 2015 was particularly unique, due to plenty of progression on the boats, wake parks and winch aspects of the sport.

"I am just so blown away right now. This has been one of the best seasons of my life. I'm so stoked to be here and to be presented this awesome award. Thank you, everybody," expressed Meagan Ethell, the female wakeboarder of the year.

"Feeling good. I wasn't expecting it. I really thought Dominik had a great year in all the contests he entered. So I'm just super happy to be recognized. It's cool," added Raph Derome, the best rail rider of the season.

2015 Wake Awards | Winners

Best Wakeboarder: Harley Clifford
Best Women's Rider: Meagan Ethell
Best Wakeskater: Danny Hampson
Best Wake Park Rider: Daniel Grant
Best Rail Rider: Raph Derome
Check Out Award: Guenther Oka
Industry Icon Award: Pat Panakos
Best Video: Sean Kilgus with "Prime"
Best Web Video: Raph Derome/Jonathan Ferguson with "Beyond Perception"
Best Photographer: Rodrigo Donoso
Trick of the Year (Men): Cody Hesse
Trick of the Year (Women): Carro Djupsjo
Trick of the Year (Wakeskate): Reed Hansen

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