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Surfer poll returns, launches new voting system

 Surf News, 13 September, 2012 : 2012 brings an election year for America and another chance to “elect” the year’s top surfers in the 43rd annual SURFER Poll. Each year, SURFER Poll allows readers to cast their vote for their 10 favorite male and five favorite female athletes who will be honored during the exclusive awards ceremony at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu during the Triple Crown of Surfing. The voting window is now open and extends until October 31st for the 2012 SURFER Poll, a tradition recognized as the only awards in surfing that are completely decided by YOU.

This year offers three new online voting options. Twitter users can Tweet the name of the surfer they’d like to vote for and tag #SurferPollVote. Similarly, Instagram users can post a picture of their favorite surfer with the same hashtag to cast their vote. These votes will count in the same way as a No. 1 vote on Surferpoll.com. These social media techniques will open up the voting field, allowing surfers and brands the opportunity to campaign for votes, ultimately providing the chance to shuffle up the ruling elite considerably. As usual, voters may also still cast their votes directly at Surferpoll.com or utilize the new voting widget on Surfermag.com.

Sponsors have divvyed up prize incentives to be given to one lucky voter each week, which include a GoPro HD HERO2, a Martin & Co. Little Martin travel guitar, NFL team hats from New Era Caps, as well as gift certificates from Verizon Wireless and Turtle Bay Resort. Keep up with the giveaways at facebook.com/surfermag.

For the past eight consecutive years, SURFER Poll has been claimed by 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater, who’s won a total of 17 SURFER Poll No. 1 trophies. The women’s poll has been less consistent, with the Top 5 often reflecting the changing of the guard. Last year, Carissa Moore earned the top spot, but what 2012 will bring, no one knows for sure. Will the new term bring “more of the same,” or usher in change? Cast your vote and ensure your voice is heard when the ballots are all counted.

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