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Pubblicato in data: 12 Jun 2015


Jonathan Gonzales, il surfer di 34 ani delle Canarie, stato votato 'Vincitore Supremo' nell' edizione 2015 della Nixon Surf Challenge in associazione con Monster Energy, Reef e a seguire:

Hossegor, FR - Jonathan Gonzalez, the 34-year-old surfer from the Canary Islands, has been voted Overall Winner at the 2015 edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge ( in association with Monster Energy, Reef and Lomography. In stark contrast to the more familiar Basque waves in which Gonzalez scored his original victory more than a decade ago, and the more recent cold-water locations such as Russias Kamkatcha peninsula and Iceland, this years event played out in the tropical urban paradise of Hainan. Located in the South China Sea, Hainan is known as the beating heart of Chinas rapidly expanding surf industry.

Nixon Surf Challenge defending champion, William Aliotti (FRA) says: Kamchatka was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Hainan has so much undiscovered potential. Ive heard great things about the island, but never had a chance to go there - itll be a first for pretty much everyone on the trip, which is pretty rare given how much we all travel these days. I cant wait to get out there.

This was the second time Gonzalez had been awarded this prestigious prize by his peers in a long and illustrious career as one of Europes most prominent surfers. More than 10 years after winning the same event in San Sebastian, this second Nixon Surf Challenge victory holds special meaning for me, but for very different reasons, said a victorious Gonzalez en route for the airport. The win didnt come easy for Gonzalez, either. In humid, hot weather with temperatures often hitting the mid-30s, Mr. Consistent Marlon Lipke (GER) and Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) were both also in contention throughout the five-day contest window, repeatedly demonstrating why they too continue to occupy positions at the very pinnacle of the European surf scene.

The surfers, including adventurer Kepa Acero (ESP) were kept on their toes throughout the event by high-energy young guns including aerial specialists William Aliotti and Gaspard Larsonneur (FRA). But when it came to Best Trick, it was the turn of another Frenchman, 2013 edition winner Vincent Duvignac (FRA), to blow the doors off with a flawlessly executed and grabbed 360 to revert.

While I would have loved to win the whole event again like I did in Iceland, nailing Best Trick on the last day of the trip really does give me a lot of satisfaction, said Duvignac, the 2013 edition winner. From the moment I paddled out, I was just waiting for a wave and section that would give me enough speed to launch a big manoeuvre. Hearing everyone cheering in the channel when I put the trick down was a great feeling, and that spirit of camaraderie pretty much sums up the Nixon Surf Challenge.

Nixon Europe veteran Eric Rebire (FRA) was undoubtedly one of the trips standout characters, as evidenced by his I Rocked China accolade. As a long-time Nixon Surf Challenge competitor, Rebire put this years event in context: Over the years, weve explored some of the most remote and inhospitable surf spots on the planet. Not exactly easy to get to, Hainan will leave a lasting impression on everyone for different reasons, with its seemingly endless rows of empty beach-side skyscrapers - in some ways a bit like Hawaii and Miami, but with its own Chinese twist. With waves like that, and Chinas ability to build the unthinkable, its going to be a place to watch in the future for sure.

But in the end, Jonathan Gonzalezs clean, smooth style stole the show. Blowing tails in every direction and linking sections with effortless ease despite the often challenging conditions, Gonazalez reminded the new kids on the block that there is life in the old dog yet. As he boarded his long flight taking him back to more familiar territory, Gonzalez added: I couldn't be happier right now. Time stands still for no-one, and its a really great feeling to know I can battle it out with these guys, and still hold my own!

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About Nixon:
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, Nixon is a premium, global watch and accessories brand. Nixons team-designed, custom-built watches and accessories are sold in the best boardsport, fashion and specialty retailers in over 90 countries around the world. For more information, please visit:

About Monster Energy:
Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, F1, Superbikes, MotoGP, Rallycross, Speedway, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, wakeboard or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, its the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at

About Reef :
Reef is the surf lifestyle brand that encourages your journey of discovery.

About Lomography:
The Lomographic Society International is a globally-active organization dedicated to experimental and creative snapshot photography. Boasting millions of followers and friends across the world, the concept of Lomography encompasses an experimental, interactive, vivid and sometimes even blurred and crazy way of life. Through its constantly expanding selection of innovative cameras & photographic accessories, Lomography promotes photography as a creative approach to communicate, absorb, and capture the world. Lomography Gallery Stores and Embassy Stores all over the world provide the full product range and a place for exhibitions, workshops, meet-ups and all lomographic needs. is a thriving online community of creative individuals dedicated to experimenting with photography and pushing the boundaries of whats possible.

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