Surfline’s Wave Of The Winter Returns to the North Shore

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Increased Prize Money and an Expanded Event Waiting Period Will Create Waves of Heart-Thumping Entrant Videos

Surfline's Wave of the Winter

Surfline's Wave of the Winter

When Surfline says Wave of the Winter they really mean it this time around. After a successful six weeks worth of entrants in 2010, Surfline’s newly-revamped Wave of the Winter event offers an extended holding period – November 12st ‘11-February 29th ’12 -- for those chargers stationed along the Seven-Mile Miracle to bag the ride of their lives.

Nike is back as the presenting sponsor, offering $25-large to the winning surfer and five-Gs to the accompanying filmer. And since the period lasts throughout the most-active time in the North Pacific, Clif Bar will plunk an extra $7,500 down for the Overall Performance Award-- $2,500 to the surfer with an additional $5,000 donation made in their name to a local non-profit that benefits the community and/or environment.

Kalani Chapman won Wave of the Winter in 2010 for his AI tribute Pipe bomb, though most entries were only from a single November Pipeline swell. Needless to say, this year’s expanded contest window leans towards the hands-down heaviest wave of the entire winter season winning.

After each month, the field of entrants will be narrowed down and top rides will be highlighted in a Surfline feature. On March 1st, an esteemed judging panel led by Gerry Lopez will select the ultimate winning wave/surfer as well as the season’s Overall Performance Award.

So as soon as those long-period NPAC swells start arriving along Oahu’s northern shores, expect a wave of heart-thumping video clips to begin rolling through the pages of Surfline. Check back often -- it’s sure to be a wild ride.

OVERVIEW:
Surfline’s Wave of the Winter presented by Nike will be won by the surfer who catches and successfully rides the single best wave of the contest period on the North Shore. Surfline editors will select each month’s top rides and they will be deemed the finalists for the grand prize. A special Clif Bar Overall Performance Award will also be given for the season’s top standout.

PRIZE MONEY:
Surfer: $25,000; videographer: $5000
Overall Performance: $2500 with a $5000 charitable donation and a year’s supply of Clif Bar products

DATES:
November 12, 2011 – February 29, 2012

LOCATION:
Between Velzyland and Haleiwa, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply upload your video to Surfline.com.

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Wave of the Winter presented by Nike:

  • Wave Size (25%)
  • Degree of Difficulty of Maneuvers (25%)
  • Style (25%)
  • Overall "Heaviness" Factor (25%).

Rides must be documented in video. (Photos or sequential photos are not eligible). Judging criteria is purely subjective.

Clif Bar Overall Performance Award:
Given to the surfer who demonstrates, more than any other, outstanding skill, commitment (to both the sport and community), courage and style while consistently riding the most challenging waves available on the North Shore throughout the entire Wave of the Winter contest period.

JUDGES:
A three-man panel, led by Mr. Pipeline Gerry Lopez.

About Nike 6.0
The Nike 6.0 brand defines innovation and embodies the creativity of youth, united by action. Nike 6.0 delivers footwear and apparel to support the new generation of action sports athletes who are changing the worlds of surf, snow, moto, BMX, wake and freeski. Their unlimited potential and contagious energy deliver the future through performance and lifestyle. http://www.nike6.com

About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®; and CLIF SHOT®, a great-tasting sports nutrition line for performance athletes. Focused on sports nutrition and healthy snacks, the employee and family-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit http://www.clifbar.com, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow us on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/clifbar.

About Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc.
Surfline is the leading provider of surf report, wave and wind forecast and editorial surfing content to consumers, businesses and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, Surfline delivers timely, accurate and comprehensive data on a daily basis via wireless web and the Internet. Surfline has an extensive camera network of over 150 surf cams. The company's world-renowned website, Surfline.com, is visited by over 100,000 unique people per day and over 1,300,000 per month -- the largest and most loyal audience of surf and beach enthusiasts in the world. Since 1985, Surfline has merged premier surf report, forecast and editorial talent with industry-leading technology to produce content of unparalleled quality aimed at active participants in the sports of surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and bodysurfing. Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc. also produces Buoyweather.com, which focuses on marine weather and forecasting around the world. Buoyweather is an in-depth marine forecasting tool utilized for fishing, marine weather and forecasts, boating, yachting and more. For more information on Surfline and Buoyweather, please visit http://www.surfline.com or http://www.buoyweather.com, check out our Facebook pages at http://www.facebook.com/surfline or http://www.facebook.com/buoyweather, and follow us on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/surfline.

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