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Italo Ferreira And Stephanie Gilmore Are The 2018 Stab Surfers Of The Year

It's true: Italo Ferreira and Stephanie Gilmore have been chosen above all worldly surfers as the most inspiring performers of 2018.

The panel for this poll included 50 of surfing's most prominent voices. Some of the most notable names include: Kelly Slater, John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Dane Reynolds, Noa Deane, Steph Gilmore, and many more. 

Here are the complete results of the 2018 Stab Surfer of the Year, including every last name that was mentioned by our 50 pollsters.


1. Italo Ferreira (74 points)
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Pat Gudauskas on Italo Ferreira: “Italo’s just a freak. His instagram is crazy. He’s sent it 100% on every section, all year long. Start to finish. Not even one section left untapped.”

2. Gabriel Medina (72 points)
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Jake Paterson on Gabriel Medina: “He is a freak competitor. He doesn’t care who he fucks over. He is there to win, and I love that shit.”

3. Filipe Toledo (71 points)

John John Florence on Filipe Toledo: “In the beginning of the year Filipe was competing so well and that evoked an emotional response in me. He was ripping at J-Bay, he had that big air in Brazil... The way Filipe pushes surfing when he’s competing is something I’d like to emulate. He doesn’t hold back and always goes so fast and I really admire that about him.”

=4. Chippa Wilson (54 points)
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Kelly Slater on Chippa Wilson: "Simply the most freakish guy ever, combining skating approach into surfing. Is there anything he can’t do? You should maybe ask your readers to come up with specific challenges and just go down the list ticking 'em off."

=4. Noa Deane (54 points)

Albee Layer on Noa Deane: “I used to think for a long time that I didn't like Noa, but now I'm pretty certain that was just me being a jealous dick because he surfs how I want to. Noa seems to constantly be getting better and trying new stuff which is rare. That Headnoise edit probably has some of the most exciting surfing happening in the world."

=6. Nate Florence (48 points)
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Ryan Miller on Nathan Florence: “This guy gives me a hard-on in every facet – training, humor, mayonnaise, big waves and barrels. If he didn’t suck so bad at performance surfing I would put him at the top of the list.”

=6. Julian Wilson (48 points)
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Ryan Miller on Julian Wilson: “Julian smashes his shoulder, doesn’t surf for months, then comes out and wins the first event of the year. Throw away those yoga balls. The new contest routine is just don’t surf.”

8. Griffin Colapinto (43 points)

Dane Reynolds on Griffin Colapinto: "Griffin’s sick. I hung out with him the other night and, it’s odd, because you see people surfing online all year, it’s just like a mess of shit—everyone rips, who cares kind of? But Griffin was cool. To just talk to him for a minute—he like snuck in without a wristband, I got him a beer—he was cool. It sounds retarded, but that matters more to me."

9. Seth Moniz (25 points)

Stephanie Gilmore on Seth Moniz: "Seth was full of surprises in 2018."

10. Kai Lenny (23 points)
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Ian Walsh on Kai Lenny: "Kai was on a heater in 2018. Towing, paddling, foiling—whatever other shit he pulls out of his garage. He’s very entertaining to see in the water."

=11. Dane Reynolds (22 points)

=11. Lucas 'Chumbo' Chianca (22 points)

13. Grant 'Twiggy' Baker (21 points)

13. Billy Kemper (20 points)

15. John John Florence (18 points)

16. Ryan Callinan (14 points)

=17. Shaun Manners (10 points)

=17. Mason Ho (10 points)

=17. Mikey Wright (10 points)

20. Mick Fanning (9 points)

=21. Joel Parkinson (7 points)

=21. Barron Mamiya (7 points)

=21. Albee Layer (7 points)

=24. Sheldon Paishon (5 points)

=24. Ethan Ewing (5 points)

=24. Joan Duru (5 points)

=27. Michel Bourez (4 points)

=27. Eithan Osbourne (4 points)

=29. Mikey February (3 points)

=29. Eli Hanneman (3 points)

=29. Wade Carmichael (3 points)

=29. Craig Anderson (3 points)

=33. Creed McTaggart (2 points)

=33. Owen Wright (2 points)

=33. Kolohe Andino (2 points)

=33. Reef Heazlewood (2 points)

=33. Alex Knost (2 points)

=33. Matt Wilkinson (2 points)

=39. Nathan Fletcher (1 point)

=39. Andy Nieblas (1 point)

=39. Balaram Stack (1 point)

=39. Natxo Gonzalez (1 point)


1. Stephanie Gilmore (19 points)

Nathan Florence on Stephanie Gilmore: "She just dominates. How the fuck did she not win the Surfer Awards this year?”

2. Carissa Moore (8 points)
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Dane Gudauskas on Carissa Moore: “She’s so sick. I want to surf like Carissa Moore.”

=3. Caroline Marks (5 points)

Italo Ferreira on Caroline Marks: “Because she surfs like me [laughs]! She was so strong and was always hungry this year. I love her.”

=3. Bethany Hamilton (5 points)

Noa Deane on Bethany Hamilton: "I think Bethany is pretty crazy. To be doing what she’s doing, it's pretty inspirational. Holy fuck! The whole time I’m watching, it proves if you’re that strong nothing can stop you."

5. Keala Kennelly (4 points)

Bruce Irons on Keala Kennelly: “Fucking Keala Kennelly, bra! This year at fucking Jaws… What. The. Fuck. They ran the girls and then they cancelled the guys. Can you believe that?"

6. Lakey Peterson (3 points)

=7. Laura Enever (1 point)

=7. Courtney Conlogue (1 point)

=7. Caitlin Simmers (1 point)

=7. Johanne Defay (1 point)

=7. Coco Ho (1 point)

=7. Alana Blanchard (1 point)

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