Last year's GoPro Challenge produced incredible footage of the world's best surfing some of the world's best breaks and now the contest-within-a-contest is back, starting at the Fiji Pro and Fiji Women's Pro. The GoPro Challenge will also run during Championship Tour contests in Tahiti and Hawaii.
The Challenge asks competing World Surf League (WSL) athletes to submit their own GoPro videos from the competition venue and surrounding areas, with clips accepted two days prior to the contest window and no later than the conclusion of the event.
The winning video is selected by a panel of five judges -- three from the WSL staff and two from GoPro -- based on cinematography, degree of difficulty of shooting, perspective and overall beauty and lighting. Each requirement holds equal weight.
The winner at each stop scores US$15,000 if the clip was captured during official CT competition and US$10,000 if it's from a freesurf. In every case, it's the shooter who wins and not the subject, though they are often one and the same. The 2014 GoPro Challenge doled out cash for event winners at Margaret River, Fiji, Tahiti, Portugal and Maui.
Check out the 2015 GoPro Challenge Fiji Submissions:
2014 GoPro Challenge Winners
The WSL GoPro Challenge debuted at the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro with 25 submissions. Judges selected one of two from Josh Kerr (AUS). Each of his videos showcased maneuvers from The Box that looked almost effortless.
Fiji Pro and Fiji Women's Pro
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), then a replacement surfer for the injured Courtney Conlogue (USA), made it to Round 4 of the Fiji Women's Pro. But it was a deep Cloudbreak tube during the event's expression session that topped all other submissions in the GoPro Challenge. Will she prevail again -- this time as a member of the Top 17?
Billabong Pro Tahiti
As if it couldn't get any better than surfing triple-overhead barrels with just one other person, Nat Young (USA) took home an extra $10,000 for winning the Billabong Pro Tahiti edition of the GoPro Challenge.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Aussie Adam Melling's GoPro clip of a perfect sunset barrel won the Portugal edition of the GoPro Challenge.
Target Maui Pro
Courtney Conlogue (USA) returned to competition after injury and finished her 2014 season with a bang: Not only did she climb her way back into the Top 10, but she took home the top prize for the final GoPro Challenge of the year, at Honolua Bay, Hawaii.