Owen Wright: hang in there, dude

A building swell in the three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) range is pulsing through Lower Trestles this morning, prompting event organizers to call the Hurley Pro at Trestles on at 9am.

Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles is the first event to host the newly-formed ASP Top 34 and also plays an integral role in this year’s heated ASP World Title race.

“As expected, the new swell is beginning to come to life this morning so we’ll be back on at 9am,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We plan on wrapping up Round 2 this morning and will assess conditions before moving into Round 3.”

After jumping out to a quick start on the opening day of the waiting period, the Hurley Pro at Trestles saw three consecutive lay days, but with a newly-forming south swell expected to light up the iconic cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles, there should be no shortage of action for the remainder of the waiting period.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro at Trestles, are calling for the newly-forming south swell to build throughout today and Friday before peaking on Saturday, providing excellent conditions for the remainder of the Hurley Pro at Trestles waiting period.

The first heat of the day will see Owen Wright (AUS), 20, face off against Luke Munro (AUS), 27, in Heat 6 of Round 2 at 9am.

Heat 6:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Luke Munro
Heat 7:Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 8:Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9:Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 10:Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 11:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12:Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)

Surfing in Cornwall: there's room for everyone | Photo: Jim Champion

Surfing is a new way of to fight depression in Cornwall. The UK authorities, through the National Health System, are putting up a pilot project to help people with mental health needs.

Surfing is seen by doctors as an excellent sport to regain confidence, self-esteem and restore social interaction. The patients undergoing the surfing therapy are aged between 12 a 25.

Since 2009, there is also a scheme targeted to armed forces personnel suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

The contact with the water and the ocean is a great way to overcome mental health problems.

And riding waves answers a very old motto: only a surfer knows the feeling.

Flynnstone Flip: you know the inventor

When it all boils down, the objective is pure and simple – the Kustom Airstrike is about discovering something new; producing surfing so inspired and revolutionary that it breaks all the rules, forever changing the face of surfing as we know it.

This year's Airstrike event has driven surfing to its creative extremes and divided the judges down the middle.

"It was no unanimous decision this year, that's for sure" said Harry Truscott, Kustom's General Manager and one this year's judges. Watch the video.

"The two big contenders when it came down to it were Kustom's Chris 'CHIPPA' Wilson and Hawaiian Flynn Novak, both riding away from amazing and very different examples of how to take surfing forward."

Chippa did a legit backside big spin, legit! No revert slither, no shuv it with an awkward switch landing. One straight up single trick done effortlessly and with style. If anything done on a surfboard could be referenced directly to skateboarding then that is the one.

On the flip side you've got Hawaii's Flynn Novak, who until this year's event had toiled with landing what he has chipped away at for eight years – the full backflip, or the Flynnstone Flip as it has been dubbed. No half steppin' there.

"The Flynnstone Flip defies where many thought surfing could go" said Kustom's USA Brand Director, Pat Fraley. "Things have happened that are arguably similar, but Flynn goes straight upside down, full rotation, just like he's strapped in on a snowboard. Crazy!"

So with all that said, it's Kustom's pleasure to announce that Flynn Novak is the winner of the 2010 Kustom Airstrike!

In addition to being crowned this year's champion, Flynn also walks away with the USD$50,000 bounty, the richest prize in surfing for a single move. Last year's winner, Dusty Payne, was enlisted to let Flynn know the great news. Flynn's scream for joy was deafening.