OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (April 16, 2008) – Freestyle, the original action sports watch manufacturer, would like to congratulate pro team rider Shane Dorian on his win for "Billabong XXL Ride of the Year" at the 2008 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.
The 2008 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, held April 11, 2008, was host to a crowd of 2,000 including surfers, their family and friends, industry insiders and fans. Top big wave surfers vied for a first place win in one of the six award categories of the night including "Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award", "Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award", "Monster Paddle Award", "Monster Tube Photo Award", "Surfline Best Overall Performance Award" and "Billabong Girls Best Performance Award".
The coveted "Billabong XXL Ride of the Year" award was won by Freestyle's Shane Dorian. The epic day he had on November 1, 2007 at the legendary Teahupoo, Tahiti break secured his win of the title and a generous prize purse of $50,000. The wave was caught on video by Gustavo Camarao, who won a prize of $5,000.
The 35-year-old Kona, Hawaii native has been on Freestyle's team since 2000. "Shane's been the cornerstone of Freestyle's athlete program for years," said Freestyle Marketing Director, Chad Labass. "Shane's ride was really just par for course; year after year he just steps up and thrives in the heaviest surfing situations in the world."
Be sure to watch the 2008 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards on ESPN2 airing at 9:30pm, Friday May 29, 2008.
To check out Dorian's Freestyle profile log on to www.FreestyleUSA.com.
Founded in 1981, Freestyle is a leading action sports watch manufacturer. The Freestyle watch collection includes a full line of performance and lifestyle choices for men, women and youth, all styles are water resistant to 100 meters or more and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. With roots firmly planted in surf, Freestyle proudly sponsors a team of highly respected surfers including Shane Dorian, Cory Lopez, Sage Erickson and 2006 ASP World Women's Longboard Champion Schuyler McFerran. For more information, visit www.freestyleusa.com.