Kustom Airstrike Enters Final Days

Australian pro surfer Chippa Wilson doing a big spin

GOLD COAST, Australia, 25 August 2010. The world's richest aerial surfing contest has entered its last week and the race for the USD$50k winner takes all prize money has just intensified with a late entry from one of Australia's most innovative surfers, Chris "Chippa" Wilson.

'Chippa' who hails from Cabarita on the far Northern NSW Coast, got the entry in 6 days before the Aug 31 deadline, with an aerial that's bound to get a lot of interest.

"It's a skate move called a 'Big Spin,'" said Chippa. "It's basically a backside 360 board varial, with a 180 body varial thrown in as well."

"The move is innovative because it's something completely different to what we normally do on surfboards. I like to bring some skate style into my surfing. It's no flip, but its way more innovative than anything I've ever done!"

"The late entry should really give the judges something to think about as it's a super technical move," added Brad Bricknell, Brand Manager of Kustom Australia. "You kinda have to watch it a few times before fully understanding what he's actually done, plus it's really innovative which is really what this event is all about…uncovering new aerial moves"

"Kai Neville, who produced the Kustom Airstrike Landscape Altered webisodes earlier in the year, actually used skate and snow clips to get the boys thinking about bring some new airs into surfing, and it looks like Chippa took the bait!"

The footage was shot at Chippa's home beach by film maker Riley Blakeway. The two have teamed up with Chippa's apparel sponsor, Analog Clothing to produce his profile movie, aptly named "Now" which will be releasing in September.

The event waiting period officially closes on the 31 August 2010, with the winner to be announced in the first 2 weeks of September.

Check out all the entries on kustomairstrike.com.