THE Kustom Footwear Airstrike 2012 goes a little something like this: five surfers, one boat and a single $50K bounty for the biggest air. Celebrating blazing youth and brazen talent, one move will rule them all.
The cast: John John Florence, Chippa Wilson, Ryan Callinan, Albee Layer and Matt Meola spent late June boosting and corking their way around the Mentawai Islands and the peanut gallery gets to pick the winner.
"This will be the third Airstrike that we've run, and despite changing the format up from year to year, its mission remains the same; to produce surfing so inspired & revolutionary that it breaks all the rules, forever changing the face of surfing as we know it," says Harry Truscott, Kustom's General Manager.
No small claim perhaps, but by betting the farm on one magnificent move (there is no second place or overall performance award) any safety net or desire to perform within a comfortable performance boundary is stripped away. The good news is that it's already happened, the plays have been scratched into acetate and you decide who wins.
Episode One drops here on August 2nd and to get you warmed up here are a selection of sequences which fell off the back to the boat. If you'd rather watch a video of Dave Rastocvich knitting whales then this probably isn't your bag.
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© Nate Lawrence