SHANE DORIAN, WATERMEN OF THE YEAR
Shane Dorian - Waterman of the Year
Shane Dorian, is known as one of the most influential names in big-wave riding today. To see Dorian push over the ledge at Waimea, fearlessly haul into massive waves at Pipe or sky-dive into the maelstrom at Teahupoo is to see the kind of commitment, spirit and surfing that takes one's breath away. Since turning up on the surf media map in the late '80s, he has won a Hawaiian state title, pushed the paddle-in limits on the North Shore's outer reefs, redefined deep tuberiding at spots like Backdoor, helped spearhead the "New School" of surfing, contended for a world title, towed in at spots like Jaws and continues to be on the frontier of cutting-edge, high-performance surfing. As not only a wave slayer who fears nothing, Dorian also gives back to the Hawaiian community annually during the Shane Dorian Keiki Classic, which spreads the love of surfing for free to Hawaiian youth and collects food for charity.