With Margaret River in the books, the ASP GoPro Challenge is picking up steam in the pristine barrels and utopian setting of Tavarua Island, for the Men's and Women's Fiji Pro.
The ASP GoPro Challenge is a video competition planned for five stops on the 2014 WCT. In addition to the main event, WCT men and women will harness the power of GoPro and submit clips of their respective performances.
The winner at each event is decided by a panel of five judges - Three ASP staff and two from the team at GoPro - based on the following criteria:
- Cinematography (25%)
- Degree of difficulty of shooting (25%)
- Perspective (25%)
- Overall beauty and lighting (25%)
The GoPro Challenge kicked off in Margaret River with a fantastic response: the panel received 25 clips to choose from. Judges selected one of two Josh Kerr (AUS) submissions, both showcasing a couple maneuvers from The Box that looked almost effortless, and awarded Kerr US$10,000, the first cash pot of the series.
Josh Kerr's winning GoPro Challenge Margaret River submission
Judges will take submissions again starting two days prior to the event window for the Fiji Pro and the Fiji Women's Pro. The Challenge is open to both WCT men and women in Margaret River, Fiji and France. WCT men will have a chance to take competing footage at Pipe. At each event, contestants can submit clips as early as two days prior to the event window and no later than the conclusion of the final day.
The winner at each stop receives US$15,000 if the clip was captured during official WCT competition or US$10,000 if it comes from a free surf during the contest window. Note that it's the shooter who wins and not the subject. It's the person with the GoPro in his or her hand, on his or her board, in his or her mouth who gets the cash!
Check out all the clips from the ASP GoPro Challenge.