Surfing has one of the longest seasons in professional sports -- but produces some of the most exciting results. See the airs, spins and tubes that lit up 2014 with 10 of the ASP's favorite nine-point rides of this year's Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour.
Josh Kerr (AUS), Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Kerr finished just inside the Top 10 on the WCT rankings, though he was able to snag second and third place finishes along the way. He has the skills, but if he wants to finish on top in 2015 he'll have to find a way to manage the pressure of the later rounds.
Lakey Peterson (USA), Target Maui Pro
Winner of the Innovation Award for her air-reverse at the Swatch Women's Pro at Trestles, Peterson is one of pro surfing's most progressive female surfers. Her biggest enemy? Consistency. If she can figure out how to harness her talent at every event, she will likely find herself among the Top 4 of next year's rankings, if not higher.
Filipe Toledo (BRA), Hurley Pro at Trestles
Toledo finished the 2014 WCT season ranked 17th and the Qualification Series at No. 1. He needs to work on his carves and skills in bigger waves if he hopes to crack the Top 10 in 2015. However, this 9.83 is evidence that his air game is already up to snuff.
Carissa Moore (HAW), Target Maui Pro
Moore had a little trouble during the European leg of the Tour in 2014. Still, she spent all season in the Top 4 and most of the season in the yellow jersey for No. 1. Her 9.73 to win the final event of 2014 reminded every surfer on Tour just how lethal she can be.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
Smith had a rough finish to the 2014 WCT season with a heavy wipeout during the Billabong Pipe Masters. Despite the way things ended, he's proven that he can perform well under pressure and get the points he needs: Here's Smith's near-perfect 9.93 at Bells -- although he needed a 9.97 to advance.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Fiji Women's Pro
Fitzgibbons has fallen short of a World Title multiple years in a row. But with performances like this at the Fiji Women's Pro, she can't be counted out in years to come. A determined Fitzgibbons will be one to watch in 2015.
John John Florence (HAW), Quiksilver Pro France
With more nine-point rides than any other pro on Tour during the 2014 season, it's no surprise to find Florence on this list. Though he was never in a contender for the Title, he's begun to demonstrate something that his fans have been anticipating since he joined the Tour: Competitive maturity. No longer free-surfing for three hours before heats and finishing waves on his feet, will 2015 finally be his year?
Tyler Wright (AUS), Roxy Pro France
Wright missed out on a surf-off for the 2014 World Title by one heat, but there's little doubt she'll have another shot at surfing's ultimate prize in 2015. Let the anticipation begin.
Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Billabong Pico Alto
Rothman has been charging big waves for years. Though the Big Wave World Tour has yet to complete its 2014/2015 season, with a win at the Billabong Pico Alto and a runner-up finish at the Punta Galea Challenge, he's favored to win in 2015. This 9.40 from Peru underscores Rothman's ability to take on the ocean's power.
Julian Wilson (AUS), Billabong Pipe Masters
Heading into the 2014 WCT season, many people expected bigger things from Wilson -- chief among them, Wilson himself. Though his year may have been marginal with a 13th-place finish in all but two events, Wilson's performance during the Triple Crown is a clear indication of his capabilities. At the Billabong Pipe Masters, Wilson, having surfed three back-to-back heats, dropped a 9.70 to win the event over the 2014 World Champ, Gabriel Medina (BRA).
Bonus - Kelly Slater (USA), 540 in Portugal
Slater consistently delivers nine-point rides and Perfect 10s during contests, but when the 11-time World Champion dropped this air-reverse during a lay day in Portugal, the world took notice. While this clip wasn't filmed in competition, it never gets old.