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2010 ASP Banquet Photo Gallery

The man of the hour; 2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning with his wife Karissa. Photo: Reposar
The man of the hour; 2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning with his wife Karissa. Photo: Reposar
Andy and Lyndie Irons. Photo: Reposar
Andy and Lyndie Irons. Photo: Reposar
Dane Reynolds and his girlfriend, Courtney. Photo: Reposar
Dane Reynolds and his girlfriend, Courtney. Photo: Reposar
We can't get enough of 3-Time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore! Photo: Reposar
We can't get enough of 3-Time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore! Photo: Reposar
Pro surfer turned blogger Paul Fisher (followthefish.tv) chats up 2010 ASP World Tour rookie Dusty Payne from Maui. Photo: Reposar
Pro surfer turned blogger Paul Fisher (followthefish.tv) chats up 2010 ASP World Tour rookie Dusty Payne from Maui. Photo: Reposar
The California Kids and 2010 ASP World Tour rookies Nate Yeomans and Pat Gudauskas. Photo: Reposar
The California Kids and 2010 ASP World Tour rookies Nate Yeomans and Pat Gudauskas. Photo: Reposar
Luke Stedman and Kai Otton mug for the camera. Photo: Reposar
Luke Stedman and Kai Otton mug for the camera. Photo: Reposar
Claire Bevilacqua gets visually molested by the Fish... Photo: Reposar
Claire Bevilacqua gets visually molested by the Fish... Photo: Reposar
The lovely (and ripping) ladies of the ASP World Tour. Photo: Reposar
The lovely (and ripping) ladies of the ASP World Tour. Photo: Reposar
Damien Hobgood passes on an interview... not everyone is a fan of the Fish. Check the dude's outfit in the background: that's the Aussie version of a hipster. Photo: Reposar
Damien Hobgood passes on an interview... not everyone is a fan of the Fish. Check the dude's outfit in the background: that's the Aussie version of a hipster. Photo: Reposar

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Lovely little Coco Ho. Photo: Reposar
Lovely little Coco Ho makes her way down the red carpet. Photo: Reposar
We're guessing Parko is sick of answering questions about last year and ready to get back to work this year. Photo: Reposar
We're guessing Parko is sick of answering questions about last year and ready to get back to work this year. Photo: Reposar
One can only wonder what kind of question the Fish asked AI... Photo: Reposar
One can only wonder what kind of question the Fish asked AI... Photo: Reposar
A dressed down Jordy Smith... where's the suit Jordy? Photo: Reposar
A dressed down Jordy Smith... where's the suit Jordy? Photo: Reposar
Stephanie Gilmore and her equally hot sister Whitney (right) with a friend. Photo: Reposar
Stephanie Gilmore and her equally hot sister Whitney (right) with a friend. Photo: Reposar
Taylor Knox, "What the f—k did you just say?" Photo: Reposar
Taylor Knox, "What the f—k did you just say?" Photo: Reposar
Fresh off a win at the Break Burleigh Heads Pro, Taj Burrow is set to rip the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo: Reposar
Fresh off a win at the Break Burleigh Heads Pro, Taj Burrow is set to rip the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo: Reposar
1977 World Champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew. Photo: Reposar
1977 World Champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew. Photo: Reposar
How Roy Powers (pictured here with Bobby Martinez and the Fish) even lifts his arm with all the bling is beyond us... Photo: Reposar
How Roy Powers (pictured here with Bobby Martinez and the Fish) even lifts his arm with all the bling is beyond us... Photo: Reposar
2009 ASP Rookie Of The Year Kekoa "Bam" Bacalso is a hot sweaty mess. Photo: Reposar
2009 ASP Rookie Of The Year Kekoa "Bam" Bacalso is a hot sweaty mess. Photo: Reposar

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2010 ASP World Tour rookie Brett Simpson from Huntington Beach, California. Photo: Reposar
2010 ASP World Tour rookie Brett Simpson from Huntington Beach, California. Photo: Reposar
Lots of hugs (this one from Occy) for Mick Fanning at the annual ASP banquet... Photo: Reposar
Lots of hugs (this one from Occy) for Mick Fanning at the annual ASP banquet... Photo: Reposar
The ASP Banquet could be compared to Prom Night for the world's best surfers. Photo: Reposar
The ASP Banquet could be compared to Prom Night for the world's best surfers. Photo: Reposar
King Kelly and his lovely girlfriend Kalani. Photo: Reposar
King Kelly and his lovely girlfriend Kalani. Photo: Reposar
Samba dancers light up the stage at the Gold Coast Convention Centre (we're spelling in Aussie now get used to it) for the ASP Banquet. Photo: Reposar
Samba dancers light up the stage at the Gold Coast Convention Centre (we're spelling in Aussie now get used to it) for the ASP Banquet. Photo: Reposar
Aussie wildman and top 45 shredder Chris "Davo" Davidson. Photo: Reposar
Aussie wildman and top 45 shredder Chris "Davo" Davidson. Photo: Reposar
Adriano De Souza apparently didn't get the memo that the event was a black tie affair... Photo: Reposar
Adriano De Souza apparently didn't get the memo that the event was a black tie affair... Photo: Reposar
Mick "The Ginja Ninja" Campbell and date. Photo: Reposar
Mick "The Ginja Ninja" Campbell and date. Photo: Reposar
Paul Fisher with an unknown yet stunningly hot sheila. Who dat? Photo: Reposar
Paul Fisher with an unknown yet stunningly hot sheila. Who dat? Photo: Reposar
Tom Whitaker and his wife make their way down the red carpet. Photo: Reposar
Tom Whitaker and his wife make their way down the red carpet. Photo: Reposar

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Friday, February 26, 2010) – The world's best surfers assembled at the Gold Coast Convention Centre last night for the ASP World Champions' Crowning, a gala event and the premiere evening in professional surfing.

Taking top honors for the evening were Gold Coast duo Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, being officially crowned ASP World Champion and ASP Women's World Champion respectively.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, was present to graciously present Fanning with his ASP World Title trophy.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, and Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, were honored as 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and ASP Women's World Runner-Up respectively, and both gave heartfelt speeches, acknowledging the progression of the sport and the dynamic changes that will be activated this season.

Harley Ingleby (AUS), 26, secured his inaugural ASP World Longboard Title while Jennifer Smith (USA), 23, attained her second ASP Women's World Longboard Title.

Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 18, were honored as ASP World Junior Champions, and usher in the next generation of sporting super talents.

Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, and Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 22, received ASP Most Improved Awards, while Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 24, and Coco Ho (HAW), 18, were awarded ASP Rookie of the Year titles.

Ho was honored a second time, taking out the 2009 ASP Women's World Qualifying Series (WQS), while Dan Ross (AUS), 27, was honored at the 2009 ASP WQS No. 1.

Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33, current ASP World No. 13, was honored with the ASP Peter Whitaker Award (named after the late ASP CEO) for his immeasurable contribution to the sport of surfing. Perrow was an integral voice in the enhancements to the 2010 ASP World Tour.

Layne Beachley (AUS), 37, former seven-time ASP Women's World Champion, was honored with ASP Life Membership last night, and despite not being able to attend, kindly provided a video acceptance from Vancouver where she is attending the Winter Olympics.

The world's best surfers will kick off the 2010 tour this week at Snapper Rocks for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover and the Roxy Pro.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ASP World Champion: Mick Fanning (AUS)
ASP Women's World Champion: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

ASP World Longboard Champion: Harley Ingleby (AUS)
ASP Women's World Longboard Champion: Jennifer Smith (AUS)

ASP World Junior Champion: Maxime Huscenot (REU)
ASP Women's World Junior Champion: Laura Enever (AUS)

ASP World Runner-Up: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
ASP Women's World Runner-Up: Silvana Lima (BRA)

ASP World Tour Most Improved: Dane Reynolds (USA)
ASP Women's World Tour Most Improved: Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)

ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
ASP Women's World Tour Rookie of the Year: Coco Ho (HAW)

ASP WQS No. 1: Dan Ross (AUS)
ASP Women's WQS No. 1: Coco Ho (AUS)

ASP Peter Whitaker Award: Kieren Perrow (AUS)

ASP Life Membership: Layne Beachley (AUS)