Siren Sounds On Kustom Air Strike
$50,000 is a hell of a lot of money to give to a kid for doing one air…that said, who's gonna take home the cash? Check the entries out at www.kustomairstrike.com and tell us who you think should win…
What would Clay Marzo (pictured) do with $50,000?
GOLD COAST, 2 April 2009: The final siren has sounded on the eight-month, US$50,000 global quest to find the world's most innovative aerial surfing manoeuvre.
The Kustom Air Strike competition window closed on 31 March, with a number of solid entries flowing into the event in the final two weeks.
The judging panel, led by current Association of Surfing Professional's World Number One Joel Parkinson, is now preparing to assemble to determine the champion of the winner-take-all event.
Some of the biggest names in the progressive world of aerial surfing will be vying for the cash purse, but opinion from visitors to the Kustom Air Strike website (www.kustomairstrike.com) remains divided.
"The website has attracted visitors from around the world and while many are cheering for their local surfers, there's also been some interesting technical insight from the public," said Kustom's general manager Harry Truscott.
"Some of the moves we have seen have been so high and so clean that the judges owe it to all of the surfers to revisit their entries and talk them through so we all understand the technical merits to each ride."
The judging panel is headed by Parko and includes emerging surfer Kolohe Andino representing the USA; Kustom's Harry Truscott and Stab Magazine's Sam McIntosh representing the Australasian region; and Kustom's Julian Vergnes and Bruce Boal from Surfersvillage and The Surfing Yearbook representing Europe.
Judges will be assessing the most radical completed manoeuvre and will consider the height and innovation of the aerial.
Entries can still be viewed on the official event website, www.kustomairstrike.com. The winning surfer will pocket US$50,000 cash, with the videographer of the ride scoring US$5000 cash.
Entrants have poured in from around the world and comprise a who's who of aerial surfing, including Clay Marzo, Jay Davies, Mitch Coleborn, Ry Craike, Dusty Payne, Pat Gudauskas, Brendan Buckley and Ryan Carlson.
The winner will be announced in the next few weeks.