9th Annual Wave of the Winter Movie Premiere

The Wave of the Winter is more than just a contest. It’s a nod of respect, one of the ultimate honors in the surfing world. Surfers across the world push themselves to the limit in an attempt to ride the best wave. This is the Wave of the Winter.

Join us in celebrating the year’s best rides with an evening of free food, drinks, and giveaways.

Meet O’Neill Team Rider Cory Lopez. Free food by El Jefe Tacos and drinks by Kona brewery (first 50 people). Watch the newest Wave of the Winter film. And, enter to win a free week of camp.


What is Wave of the Winter?

The O’Neill Wave of the Winter this year was ridden by Keito Matsuoka at Pipeline on January 14th, 2019. It was rad and amazing and well-deserved and chosen by the most qualified judging panel on the planet.

But here’s the thing: Waves of the Winter can be relative things. And 99% of the surfing universe doesn’t have access to catching waves at Pipeline. 99% of the surfing universe does 99% of its surfing at home. And “home” in the United States at least, includes all kinds of different surf, all winter long. From frigid teepees in New Jersey to tapered pointbreaks in Santa Barbara; from shallow reefs in Puerto Rico to unrelenting XXL a-frames in San Francisco — and everything and everywhere in between.

And every surf community in the world huddles on sand dunes or in parking lots and talks in hushed tones about the Wave of the Day or the Wave of the Season. It means everything to the locals you see every day. (If only because it means you’ve moved a little higher in the pecking order and thus get more waves.)

All of which made us decide to create a new Wave of the Winter for the people — to celebrate the unsung local heroes at beaches around the country. And now that the four-month holding period’s wrapped and all the submissions are in, it’s time for you to cast your vote. Each regional winner snags $1,000, a bunch of O’Neill gear and internet fame. (And hopefully more waves.) – Surfline

Waves were judged by:

– Wave Size (25%);
– Degree of Difficulty of Maneuvers (25%);
– Style (25%); and
– Overall “Heaviness” Factor (25%).

The Other Prizes:

Barron Mamiya wins the Sambazon Breakthrough Performer Award for the second year in a row. The Sambazon Breakthrough Performer Award — a youth-focused division running in concert with the O’Neill Wave of the Winter and Clif Bar Overall Performance Award — celebrates the accomplishments of one surfer, 19 years old or younger, who rises above all other youths with sustained, standout performances along the Seven Mile Miracle from November through February. The winner will receive $5,000.

Benji Brand, who won both Active Heaviest Drop and Clif Bar Overall Performer. The Clif Bar Overall Performance Award is given to the surfer who consistently demonstrates courage, skill and style while riding the most challenging waves on the North Shore during the Wave of the Winter period, while also demonstrating a positive commitment to both the sport and local community. The winner will receive $5,000, a year’s supply of CLIF products, plus another $10,000 donation made in his or her name to be given to an environmental non-profit of their choice.

The Heaviest Drop Award celebrates that split-second confidence of hucking oneself over the ledge on a critical wave — and sticking it. (“Sticking it” means making it to the bottom of the wave, standing on the board and in control, with the board and body away from the lip at the moment of impact.) Winner will be judged based on Wave of the Winter entries for the 2018/19 season and will receive $5,000.