Ballots were once used in teen-oriented magazines, where readers were to purchase and tear out their ballot.
Since the ceremony's inception, the show has given out genuine custom-made surfboards to individual winners (they cost over $800 each to manufacture). They create a new original design every year. The surfboard was chosen as the award because it represents the freedom of the summer vacation for teens, whether they surf or not. Some celebrities have used them to surf (Jennifer Love Hewitt
); Marlon Wayans famously said "Brothers don't surf" and in 2009, Hugh Jackman
, upon winning his first one, said he was no longer the only Australian without a surfboard.
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