Starting Saturday at the Target Maui Pro, the world's best surfers will have more than a World Championship Title at stake: The Top 17 can compete in the final ASP GoPro Challenge of the season. As the women take on the break at Honolulu Bay for the first time in six year, they'll have a chance to capture it in all its glory for cash and cinematic bragging rights.
The Challenge asks competing ASP pros to submit their own GoPro videos from the competition venue starting two days prior to the contest window and no later than the conclusion of the event. The winner at each stop scores US$15,000 if the clip was captured during official WCT competition and US$10,000 if it's from a freesurf during the contest window. In every case, it's the shooter who wins and not the subject -- whether the camera is hand-held, on a board, or elsewhere.
The winning video will be selected by a panel of five judges -- three ASP staffers and two judges from GoPro -- based on cinematography, degree of difficulty of shooting, perspective and overall beauty and lighting. Each requirement holds equal weight.
The Challenge has already awarded US$40,000 to its four champs. The Hawaiian edition is the last edition of a five-part series which has included Margaret River, Fiji, Tahiti and Portugal.
The ASP GoPro Challenge submissions window opens November 20 and closes at the end of the event, which could run until December 6.
2014 ASP GoPro Challenge Winners
The ASP GoPro Challenge debuted at Margaret River 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. Kerr won US$10,000, the first cash pot of the series.
The next stop for the ASP GoPro Challenge was Cloudbreak, Fiji's iconic lefthander. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), replacement surfer for the ASP Top 17, made it to Round 4 of the Fiji Women's Pro, but a crazy Cloudbreak tube during the event's expression session topped all other submissions.
Check out all the clips from the ASP GoPro Challenge.