In a coup worth both bragging rights and a cool $10,000, Dusty Payne has won the 2015 GoPro Challenge Hawaii. His winning video featured a double-barrel at Maui's Honolua Bay.
The GoPro Challenge is a contest-within-a-contest in which competing World Surf League (WSL) athletes submit GoPro videos from competition venues and surrounding areas. Videos are accepted starting two days prior to the contest window and no later than the conclusion of the event.
The winning video was 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 held equal weight.
The GoPro Challenge ran at several other World Surf League events this year, including the men's and women's CT contests in Fiji, the men's Tahiti event, the Big Wave Tour's Pe'ahi Challenge and concluded with Hawaii. The submission period for the Hawaiian edition started just ahead of the women's Target Maui Pro November 21 and ran through the end of Billabong Pipe Masters December 17.
Watch all the GoPro video submissions here.