Surfer Mag’s 2011 Photo of the Year

13,000 votes were cast by the public to crown the 2011 Photo of the Year — a showcase of some of the best photos featured on the pages of Surfer Magazine throughout 2011.

Christian Redongo at Teahupo’o, Tahiti. Photo by Zak Noyle

The winner: Zak Noyle

2011 was certainly a good year to be in Tahiti. One of the best water photographers in the biz, Zak Noyle left his home island of Oahu with a small crew bound for Teahupo’o. Talent is great when it comes to photography, but a little bit of luck never hurts either. Nature provided for this shot with a perfect peeling tube ridden by Christian Redongo, and the kind of rainbow that postcards are made of.

See here a short interview with Zak talking about his winning photo.

The nominees were Chris Burkard, Morgan Maassen, Tim Mckenna, Todd Glaser, Nick LaVecchia, Zak Noyle, Pat Stacy, Daniel Russo, Jon Frank, Grant Ellis, Alan Van Gysen, Brad Masters, and Timo Jarvinen. Here are some of the other nominated photos:

Nathan Fletcher at Teahupo’o, Tahiti. Photo by Tim McKenna
Nate Tyler and a Central California sunset. Photo by Chris Burkard
Warren Smith at Byron Bay, Australia. Photo by Morgan Maassen
Aerial photo of Teahupo’o, Tahiti by Tim McKenna
Mikey DeTemple in Canada. Photo by Nick LaVecchia
Stephen Koehne at Off The Wall on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by Zak Noyle
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