One of the ideas BL had early on was that he wanted the opportunity to pay respect to the kid who in his opinion contributed to the event in the most meaningful way.
This might not be who and what the judges vote for and award, he liked the idea of those decisions being in the hands of the expert kid judges but that’s how the MVP award came about.
The MVP Most Valuable player for the Boost Mobile BL Blast Off Video Challenge is Kai Hall, 13 yrs old and originally from South Africa he now lives in Bali with his family. Kai submitted so many great videos with absolutely mental tube rides and was in the lead with a Desert Point freight train for Best Tube for a long time and then Hawaii’s Luke Tema got a crazy one at Rifles and stole the lead.
This motivated the young South African to chase that swell to Nias and get back his Best Tube lead and he did just that with the ride of a lifetime that took him to worldwide notoriety. The fact that our event contributed in motivating Kai and driving him to greatness is what we are all about and why BL couldn’t go past Kai for his MVP.
COACH AKO'S MOST POTENTIAL
For the final pick for someone showing great potential, I passed the decision onto my right-hand man Coach Ako. Coach Ako has seen every video, watched the surfing of every kid in this challenge and has a great understanding of what it takes.
Coach Ako’s pick for his “Most Potential” award is Eden Hasson from Boat Harbour NSW Australia, Eden submitted so many great videos and shows enormous potential. When Ako told me his pick, I was very comfortable with it and respect the surfing of this young man very much.
Congratulations Eden and thanks again for being a part of Blast Off, we look forward to watching your future.
Girl's 10's Update
The moral to this post is to not be afraid to fail, don’t let the fear of being wrong or not being good at something stop you from trying.
Which brings me to our mistake alert for the Girl’s 10’s division. I knew that our winner, Chesney Guinotte was 10 years old but I didn’t realise that she had turned 11. While some of her footage was from when she was 10, some was shot after she turned 11.
Chesney brought the issue to my attention as she wanted to make sure it was fair. We take full responsibility and apologise for the mixup. If Chesney was in the 12’s she would’ve been in our consideration for that divisional winner as well so her award will remain. But we figured that without her in the 10’s division, Olive Hardy would have won, so we’re going to send Olive a prize pack from our friends at Hurley.
We are sorry for the confusion and are always learning. All in all, we are stoked with how everything has gone in our first-ever global video challenge. When you’re doing something bold, you usually do make mistakes and that is what learning and growing are all about. Do not let the fear of failure stop you from having a dig as we would say in Australia.