Justine Takes Top Honors at the New Big Wave Challenge

A huge congratulations to Justine Dupont for taking home the top honors in not one but THREE categories at the inaugural New Big Wave Challenge awards held in Nazaré, Portugal.

🏆 Surfer of the Year (Women)

🏆 Ride of the Year (Women) – Cortes Bank

🏆 Biggest Wave (Women) – Cortes Bank

The New Big Wave Challenge is a fresh take on the tradition of providing a “town square” for the best athletes and content creators to gather together and share what they do with the world. All year long the surfers surf and the shooters shoot and at the end of the season the crew gets together and celebrates the best waves and the best performances as captured on video and still photos.

This year’s event window will include every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world from August 2022 through July 2023. Justine’s wave at Cortes Bank, a rogue seamount 100 miles off the California coast, was estimated at 75 feet on the face and will be in contention for a Guinness World Record. We’re so proud of what you’ve achieved and we can’t wait to write the next chapter together!

Get Tubed to win $1500 and a Manera Wetsuit!

Manera and Surf Session invite you to take a part of Epic Wave contest. Around the world over the given period, you have free scope to score your best barrel, which could win you $1,500 and a Manera wetsuit.

How do you take part?

1/ Score and film your best barrel between September 21 and November 21, anywhere around the world.

2/ Send your video (free of rights and not filmed by another media) in high resolution to manera.com; please note that it must not have already been published by other accounts on social networks or other platforms! The video must be sent in .mp4 and .raw format (which will be used to verify the authenticity of the shot).

3/ Subscribe to @surfsessionmag and @manerawatermen on Instagram. You can post your video on your personal account (only), mentioning #EpicWaveManera and tagging @surfsessionmag and @manerawatermen.

The jury

Justine Dupont, Ian Fontaine and Pete Devries will select the overall winner of the Epic Wave contest from the 12 barrels pre-selected by the Surf Session and Manera teams.

On social networks, the surfing community will also have its say, by liking its favorite performance on Instagram every week from November 24!

The prizes

Two prizes will be awarded in this competition.

The jury prize: $1,500 + 1 Manera wetsuit.

The community prize: $500 + 1 wetsuit.

Justine Dupont is Waterperson of the Year!

Justine Dupont, MANERA’s most daring waterwoman and the best woman big wave surfer in the world, will be honored as Waterperson of the Year at the 34th Annual Waterman’s Ball, the surf industry’s most-anticipated annual social event organized by the Surf Industry Members Association (SIMA).

Justine has been surfing big waves for more than 10 years and knows very well that adventure is always around the corner in this sport governed by swells and the ocean. But even in her wildest dreams, she could not have imagined the season she would have this year.

From Cortes Bank to the mythical Eddie Aikau to her beloved Nazaré, Justine has scored some unforgettable and legendary waves this year, always looking to challenge and better herself.

Invariably positive, humble, and down-to-earth, she has been a pillar and a true inspiration on our team.

Waterman’s benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a charitable foundation that awards grants to organizations dedicated to ocean conservation. In addition to fundraising, the industry comes together each year to celebrate and honor some of the leading characters and key figures in surfing and ocean environmentalism.

SunDiego x Manera Signage Installation

The Manera team is stoked on our latest signage install up at SunDiego! Manera value’s these opportunities to work with our dealers to enhance the customer experience and tell our story.

Above you have Award Winning Big Wave surfer and Manera athlete, Justine Dupont having fun in her Seafarer 3.2! 

Sun Diego takes great pride in its recognition as the “Best Surf Shop” for nine consecutive times by the San Diego Union Tribune Readers Poll. Additionally, the shop has earned prestigious titles such as “Retailer of the Year” and “Women’s Retailer of the Year,” which were nominated and voted on by industry retailers nationwide and the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA).

With a wide array of products from both well-established and emerging brands, Sun Diego caters to individuals dedicated to the sun and coastal living. From the iconic Carlsbad beaches to the vibrant Opening Day in Del Mar, from the lively Belmont Park in Mission Beach to the picturesque shores of La Jolla, and throughout various areas of San Diego County, Sun Diego has become a go-to destination. The shop takes pride in keeping San Diegans well-informed about the latest trends, ensuring that they have everything they need. Whether customers are out in the water, relaxing on the beach, or enjoying time at a local brewery, Sun Diego extends a warm welcome to all visitors.

Stop by their shop down in Belmont Park, Mission beach #supportlocalsurfshops

Justine Dupont is the 2023 Waterperson of the Year!

Source: Surf Industry Members Association (SIMA) and Shop-Surf-Eat

Since 1989, Waterman’s has raised close to $10 million to support our environmental beneficiaries that are dedicated to cleaning beaches, protecting surf breaks, keeping plastics out of the ocean, and more on behalf of surfers.

Over that time the industry has come together each year to celebrate our oceans with this premiere social fundraising event on the global calendar.

Waterman’s has honored a host of the leading characters in surfing as well as many of the key figures in ocean related environmentalism in what has now become the night where the highest honors in the surf world are given to the most deserving individuals and organizations.

“The surf industry’s highest honors goes to those who have given their best. This year’s honorees have left their mark on the sport and for this, they’ll be remembered forever for their contributions.” Said Paul Naude, SIMA Environmental Fund President. “This very special evening brings our entire industry together to celebrate incredible individuals and support environmental groups working to keep us surfers in the water. Protecting our ocean is the most important action our industry can take, and we’ll do this together.”

From Belharra to Nazaré and Jaws to Mavericks, Justine Dupont is widely considered to be the best all-around female big wave surfer in the world.

Shortly after the big wave passion gripped her, Dupont moved to Portugal to tackle the infamous Nazaré whenever it broke. Two Nazaré Tow Challenge victories later, her talents have now seen the Frenchwoman cross the seas to tackle Mavericks in California and Jaws in Maui, where she successfully navigated the best female tube ride of all time.

In 2023, Justine dropped into what may be the biggest wave ever ridden by a female and does it 105 miles at sea at the Cortes Bank during the filming of an upcoming season of the HBO docuseries “100 Foot Wave.”

SurferToday: How Justine Dupont Stormed the Big Wave Surfing World

Source: SurferToday

Justine Dupont is one of the most versatile and well-rounded female surfers on the planet. Here’s how she stormed the big wave surfing world.

A multidisciplinary surfer with a colorful spirit, a curious personality, and an infectious smile, it’s relatively easy to like Justine Dupont. She’s highly sociable, kind, passionate, and a hopeless life lover, but when the discussion shifts to surfing, it’s a different story.

Whether she’s on a tow board, shortboard, longboard, or stand-up paddleboard, Dupont is constantly pushing herself more and more. The chair of the International Surfing Association (ISA) Athletes’ Commission takes her job seriously. Step by step, slowly but steadily, she became a performance obsessed, superb tube rider capable of challenging waves that average men can only dream of.

Justine always loved to be in the ocean from an early age and, with time, learned to develop and control her relationship with fear. The infamous 2021 barrel at Jaws is among her favorite rides of all time. It’s a wave that definitely deserves a look from all angles. Adventure lover Dupont keeps saying she is not chasing wins – she surfs for herself. But how has this talented lady become one of the most successful competitive female surfers of all time?

Justine Dupont taking off on a massive Nazare wave. | Photo: Red Bull

The Fear Factor

Justine Dupont was born on July 26, 1991, in Bordeaux, France. She started surfing at the age of 11 in Lacanau after stealing her father’s surfboard and running to the beach. “When I was little, I was scared of big waves,” Dupont revealed. As a professional surfer, I competed, and at the end of the season, I was lucky because winter would arrive, and I could surf bigger waves.” Dupont soon realized she was attracted to colossal mountains of moving water and started testing herself in the most extreme environments.

“In my life, everything revolves around surfing,” the Frenchwoman notes. “I’ve been competing in water sports since I was very young – swimming, windsurfing, and then surfing. But I really love big waves. You’re confronted with so many things. It’s Nature that’s in charge.”

Her first major trophy came when, at 15 years old, she was crowned national longboard champion. In 2012, Justine qualified for the Women’s Championship Tour but suffered an injury before her inaugural event. It was a massive blow to her dreams, but the shattered glass quickly melted and recomposed itself.

Justine Dupont riding the barrel at Hossegor | Photo: Red Bull

Going Big

In 2013, the French surfer became the first woman to ride 50-foot (15 meters) waves at Belharra, the offshore reef break located off the coast of the Basque Country. Dupont is a competitive machine in every single arena she enters. She won individual and team gold medals at the ISA World Surfing Games in 2013, 2017, and 2019. The regular-footer is also an accomplished stand-up paddleboarder and longboarder with European and world titles in her trophy room.

In 2021, Justine Dupont won “Ride of the Year,” “Biggest Tow,” and “Performer of the Year” at the Big Wave Awards for her season at Jaws and NazarĂ©. It has been considered one of the best winter performances in big wave surfing history, male or female.

On November 13, 2021, the fearless surfer rode one of the biggest waves of her career at Praia do Norte, NazarĂ©, Portugal. According to several witnesses and photos, the wave measured between 65 and 68 feet (19.8-20.7 meters). If it had been officially validated, it would’ve broken the Guinness World Record, which was in the hands of Brazilian daredevil Maya Gabeira.

Released in June 2021, the documentary “Enfer & Paradis” follows the daily life of a woman who calls NazarĂ© her second home. The 53-minute movie directed by Antoine Chicoye, Michael Darrigade, and Alex Lesbats unveils the mental preparation, the training regime, and the behind-the-scene moments of Justine’s routine as she gets ready to tame the Atlantic monsters. “You’re never fully in control. It’s good to have a balance between mastering the wave and being able to play with it,” underlines Dupont. “The noise it makes is impressive. It’s so powerful and strong – it gives you chills.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Teahupoo Seen from the Inside

Justine, Ian and Fred met in Tahiti to experience the dream wave of Teahupoo. Seen either as a personal challenge or a way to level up, it’s always magical to take part in this surf adventure.

Emotions, technical advice, failures and successes are all part of this trip. Let us take you as close to the action as possible as our riders tackle this legendary wave. We’re here to capture every salty moment.