In what seems like a blink of an eye, we bring you news that the Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 has now finished and this year’s winner is William Aliotti of France. The strictly, invitee only competition has been fought out in the Kamchatka region of Russia in frigid water temperature and William just pipped last years winner and fellow compatriot Vincent Duvignac into second place.
The Nixon Surf Challenge follows an unusual model, where the invited surfers, surf their 7mm boots off for the week and then judge each other and between them, decide who should take the win. With average sea temperatures of 2-3 degrees and waves of around 1.5 metres, the group battled it out in the breath-taking volcano filled region of Russia.
Although only 21 years old, William surfed with maturity and grit and after spending much of the last year surfing tropical waters, took to the cold conditions like a penguin to water. Not just content to bag the trophy for the Overall competition, William also snagged the award for best trick, after showing off his array of aerial tricks.
To read more about the event and to see some of the impressive images of the region, which was also supported by Reef, Monster Energy and Lomography, head over to the official Nixon page, where there will no doubt be a highlight video in the near future. As soon as we get news of the 2015 Nixon Surf Challenge we will be sure to let you know.