Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Australian Tyler Wright finished last season incredibly strong, and at No. 3 on the women's elite rankings. This no-grab air from the Vans US Open hints at an even bigger year ahead for her on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Women's Championship Tour.
John John Florence (HAW) doesn't have a World Title yet, but his air in front of current World Champ Gabriel Medina (BRA) at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach last year is one of the many indicators of his potential. Florence's air earned him the first perfect 10 of the year, see more perfect 10's from 2014.
Kelly Slater (USA) didn't have priority (and didn't need it) when he decided to punt this one behind Matt Wilkinson (AUS) at the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France.
Brazilian Gabriel Medina did big things on the way to his first World Title, including airs... and big barrels... and big turns.
Italo Ferreira (BRA) is a fresh face on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT). With an impressive air game, look for him to excel at any of the Tour's stops that feature punchier waves.
Hawaii's Dusty Payne isn't new to the CT, but he is back and looking better than ever. Payne's huge frontside air -- a 9.63 -- at the Reef Hawaiian Pro let the world know he's still got big game.
Filipe Toledo (BRA) is arguably one of the most talented aerialists on Tour. He finished the Qualifying Series at No. 1 last year and this aerial highlight reel from the O'Neill SP Prime is one of many reasons why.
Aussie Julian Wilson boosted and barreled his way to a win at the Billabong Pipe Masters and the 2014 Triple Crown title. Can he carry that momentum to the Gold Coast? Time will tell.
Californian Lakey Peterson's air-reverse from the Swatch Women's Pro Trestles was enough to earn her the Swatch Innovation Award. Look for Peterson to continue taking her surfing to the skies in 2015.
Fan requested addition: Yadin Nicol at Margaret River. Thanks for suggesting @john!
Fan requested addition: Gabriel Medina (BRA) stomps an alley-oop during the 2014 Fiji Pro.