The 2018/19 Wave of the Winter Awards was presented a little differently this year. We threw a party at the Republik in Honolulu and announced the winner live on stage. With a group of heavy hitters in attendance, underground Japanese charger Keito Matsuoka took home the main award and lofted the big check above his head. The night was capped off with an amazing performance by Ron Artis and The Truth as everyone hung out and celebrated the winners in style. Thanks to everyone who helped put this event on and congrats to all of the winners and participants! Until next year…

Category Winners:

  • Wave of the Winter - Keito Matsuoka
  • Overall Performer - Benji Brand
  • Breakthrough Performer - Barron Mamiya
  • Heaviest Drop - Benji Brand

For the full awards wrap up, head to SURFLINE.