When we started collating votes for #stabsurferoftheyear, we were surprised to find that almost all surfers we asked had already, almost instinctively, rated their peers performances in 2018. We impressed upon our surfers that this wasn’t a legacy award, but strictly performances from the year: singlets, video parts, big waves, whatever. We hoped to create a list that even if you finished dead last (meaning you made just one person’s top five list) it would still be a significant accolade. The divided opinions even amongst surfing’s elite answers why we all have so much to say when results in contests don’t go the way we think they should. After all the votes were tallied, in the end, Italo Ferreira and 7x World Champ, Miss Stephanie Gilmore were voted as the two single best surfers of the year by the best surfers in the world. Thanks also to all surfers who gave us their time and were candid with their answers.