Trade show and awards : Waterman’s Ball: The surf industry puts out awards for best products and initiatives

EuroSIMA, the European board sports federation, presented the 2012 industry award winners in various categories at the annual “Waterman’s Ball” organized at Hossegor, France, last Friday.

No less than 250 people including top industry managers, professional surfers, celebrities and representatives of relevant federations witnessed the award ceremony, following in various ways the “Sailor” dress code prescribed by the hosts.

EuroSIMA’s innovation prize went to Rip Curl for its new Flashbomb wetsuit .

The prize for the best-performing brand in the last 12 months went to Quiksilver, while the cup for the best advertisement campaign went to Nixon.

As Europe’s best athlete of the year, the jury awarded Antoine Delpero for his performance during the longboard and stand-up paddle world tours. The lifetime achievement award went to Maurice Cole for his efforts to develop the board sports industry in Europe.


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