It’s back…..


This is both a video and photo contest!

Wave of the Winter is back this year – and better. We teamed up with O’Neill again to bring you this years Wave of the Winter: US North East Regional contest with an expanded region, new ways to enter, bigger prizes, and much more coverage!

We are looking for the Wave of the Winter ridden on the East Coast of the US >  North of Delaware. The wave must have been ridden between December 1st and March 31st. 

Judging for submissions will be based on the following:

– Wave Size (25%);

– Degree of Difficulty of Maneuvers (25%);

– Style (25%); and

– Overall “Heaviness” Factor (25%).

There will also be a photo winner selected for user choice* and best wipeout! 

*At the conclusion of the contest timeline (after March 30) we will showcase the top photos on this space for users to vote on their favorite!

Below: Last years photo winner – Sam Morrissey, Shot by Matt Iannucci


All footage (both video and photo) can be submitted a few different ways:

Photos: Can be submitted via Instagram by tagging #wotwne @oneillusa @warmwindssurfshop.  If any of the tags are missed, the photo will not be entered into the contest. You may also send photos to waveofthewinterne@gmail.com to enter. Please include the name of the surfer, photographer, the state the photo was taken in, and the date.

*Note: Photo submissions can not be submitted to Surfline. Any photos submitted via Surfline will not be accepted. 

Videos: Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Instagram videos can all be accepted. Go to THIS PAGE to upload your ride.  You may also send clips/a link to waveofthewinterne@gmail.com to submit. Please include the name of the surfer, videographer, the state the video was taken in, and the date.

There is no limit to the number of submissions, but keep in mind your trying to win this thing. Crooked horizons and head dips won’t get you far 😉

Wave of the Winter: North East photo submissions will be represented on the Wave of the Winter site for user voting after the three month contest period.

Remember – The coastline is our gateway to the ocean – as well as a gateway for plastic and other waste to enter the ocean. It is the Surfrider Foundation’s mission to keep New England’s beaches clean and to prevent the amount of plastic that enters our waters in any way possible.  We ask that while you are out shooting/surfing, please remember to leave the coast cleaner than when you arrived!


Video winner: $1,000 cash + a bunch of O’Neill gear + Internet Fame!

Photo winner: TBA!


Contest winners (Photo and Video) will be announced during the O’Neill x Surfline Wave of the Winter Movie Tour in Spring 2019: Date + Location TBD.

To view the top photos from last year’s Wave of the Winter: New England – CLICK HERE


The contest begins December 1, 2018 and ends on March 31, 2019.

Waves must be ridden in the North East US – Between Delaware and Maine.

How to Enter: To participate in this Contest, a surfer (“Surfer”) and videographer (“Videographer”) OR  photographer (“photographer”) must visit one of the regional contest areas from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The Surfer and Videographer/Photographer may also be referred to as entrants. The Surfer needs to then successfully ride a wave — with no JetSki assist — from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 that is to be shot by the Videographer/Photographer. The video or photo will henceforth be referred to as the submission (“Submission”). Once the Submission has been created, the Videographer/Photographer may post the content to social media provided they tag @warmwindssurfshop @oneillusa and use hashtag #wotwne to be considered. The Submissions can also be sent directly to waveofthewinterne@gmail.com to be entered. Videos may be submitted via Surfline as well,  visit http://www.surfline.com/wotw/upload complete and submit the registration form, and submit the Submission. By participating, each Surfer and Videographer/Photographer acknowledge they are participating at their own risk and that neither Warm Winds, O’Neill, or Surfline nor any Sponsor is responsible for any physical harm or death that may befall any Surfer or Videographer/Photographer as a result of participation in these Contests. By submitting a Submission, both the Videographer/Photographer who created the Submission, and the Surfer featured in the Submission, agree that the Submission conforms to the Video/Photo Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may remove your Submission and disqualify you from the Contests if it believes, in its sole discretion, that your Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.

Video and Photo submissions must be in good quality – submissions with poor visual quality will not be accepted. The video submissions may NOT be edited and must not include any water marks. For questions on the contest, please email waveofthewinterne@gmail.com, or visit Surflines regional page for more info.

Upon submission of video/photo footage, you authorize Warm Winds, O’Neill, and Surfline to use the footage for promotion of the event.

Limitations of Liability: Warm Winds LTD, O’Neill, Surfline are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contests; (2) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contests or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission.