Kustom Air Strike: a must do to all fly surfers

Kustom Airstrike, the eight-month global quest to identify and reward the world’s most innovative aerial surfing manoeuvre, has entered its final three-week countdown.

The event is the richest single-turn competition in the surfing world, with US$50,000 in cash showered on the surfer to who lands the most progressive punt anywhere on the planet during the competition window.

The window opened on 1 January 2010 and close on 31 August 2010. The videographer who captures the winning move on film will also be richly rewarded, taking home US$5000. There are no second prizes. The 2010 edition of the Kustom Airstrike has been the most competitive in the event’s history.

Entrants from around the world have been posting their punts on the event website, and debate about the likely frontrunners is heating up.

The competition intensified mid way through the event window when filmmaker Kai Neville packed a bunch of the most progressive aerial surfers on to a boat and took them through the Mentawai Islands in a bid to land the winning move.

The trip, called Landscape Altered, was made into a series of webisodes and entered into the Kustom Airstrike competition. But the boat trip surfers won’t have it all their own way, with a wave of finals-quality punts coming from areas including Hawaii, mainland USA and Australia.

If past years are anything to go by, there will be another wave of entries in the final few weeks of competition. Surfers have until 31 August to submit their entries in a bid to claim the US$50,000 winner-take-all Kustom Airstrike prize purse.

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