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Bennett Develops Custom Awards for 2016 SURFER Awards

Bennett Awards created new custom recognition awards for the 2016 SURFER Awards. The SURFER Awards, now in their 46th year, honor achievements in both surfing and surfing-related filmmaking. They recognize fan-favorite men and women, top performances, and best videos. The awards are sponsored by SURFER, which began as the original surf magazine but now provides information through its website, social media channels, and television programming in addition to their print media.

For these awards, Bennett Awards worked cooperatively with TEN: The Enthusiast Network, the event organizer, to create a new custom award design. The award design was based on a custom sculpture in the shape of an upright surfboard mounted on an integrated base. The awards were cast in bronze. The base and edges of the surfboard were high-polished, and the main surface of the surfboard featured a marbleized blue patina. The SURFER Awards logo was engraved on the surface of the surfboard sculptures.

These unique awards were presented to recipients at a special awards event held December 6, 2016, at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Winners included:

  • Men’s #1: John Florence
  • Women’s #1: Carissa Moore
  • Movie of the Year: Let’s Be Frank, Directed by Peter Hamblin, Starring Frank Solomon
  • Best Performance: John Florence, Twelve, Directed by Bill Ballard
  • Best Short: The Tempest, Directed by Jon Frank, Starring Stephanie Gilmore
  • Best Documentary: Distance Between Dreams, Directed by Rob Bruce, Starring Ian Walsh
  • Best Series: License to Chill, Directed by Joe Alani and Mason Ho, Starring Mason Ho
  • Best Barrel: Albee Layer, Jaws
  • Best Maneuver: Albee Layer
  • Heavy Water: Greg Long
  • A.I. Breakthrough Performer: Mason Ho
  • Agent of Change: Friends of Sunset Beach


In 1960, SURFER began as the original surf magazine. With a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award-winning, state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” Through its website, social media channels, magazine, and television programming, SURFER continues to be the most current and reliable source of information to the surf community, reaching more than 22-million active sports enthusiasts. SURFER is published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network. To learn more, visit

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network

TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world’s largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit