Kustom Airstrike: everybody's going to get aerial craziness'

So you already know that Kustom is throwing down US$50,000 for one crazy air in its Kustom Airstrike competition. And you also know that the victor can stomp that winning ride any time from 1 January to 31 August 2010.

Well, in recognition of the unbelievable wave of aerial assaults being launched in both freesurfing sessions and competitions, Kustom is now planning a series of monthly awards in the countdown to the final judging.

The best entry submitted to the Airstrike website each month will pocket $500 and earn bragging rights that they are firming as one of the judges’ favourites.


Great White Shark: very dangerous | Photo: Hermanus Backpackers

The number of shark attacks in the United States of America has dropped from 41 in 2008 to 28 in 2009 and more than half involved surfers, says a report issued by the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida.

Worldwide, the numbers show a stabilizing trend, as 60 events were observed in 2008 and 61 in 2009.

Experts say it is still too early to declare a declining trend of shark attacks in the USA.


Cooper Chapman: king of the surfing groms

North Narrabeen surfer Cooper Chapman will represent Australia at the Quiksilver King of the Groms World Final in France after claiming victory in the Australian leg at Snapper Rocks on Friday.

Running in conjunction with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Trials, Chapman joined Tyler Wright (Lennox Head) and Blake Ainsworth (Coolangatta) on the winner’s dias, defeating Torquay’s Harry Mann, Margaret River’s Creed McTaggart and Lennox Head’s Mikey Wright.

Post final, Chapman said he was buzzing after taking down some of the country’s best junior sufers.