The Kustom Air Strike mission first launched in Australia in 2006 and ran for two years as a domestic event only under the banner of Kustom Space Kadets. This year it has been opened to entrants from around the world with surf footwear brand Kustom offering a US$50,000 reward in a winner-take-all shootout to capture the world’s craziest punt. The event window opens on 1 August 2008 and runs through to 31 March 2009, with the winning surfer pocketing a US$50,000 cash bounty and the videographer who records the maneuver
scoring a US$5000 cash prize.
“Kustom’s mission with the Air Strike is simple. We want to produce surfing so inspired and revolutionary that it breaks all the rules, forever changing the face of surfing as we know it,” says Harry Truscott, Kustom General Manager. “We’ve put a truckload of cash on the table to reward just one move and we expect beaches around the world to light up during the contest window as kids and pro’s alike take to the air to show us the future of surfing. At the end of it all we’d hope the event will produce surfing previously thought unimaginable.”
The winner will be the most radical and innovative ‘completed’ maneuver, with all entries posted on the website and judged by both the public and a select panel. The criterion is simple, with judges voting on height, innovation and completion of the aerial. The official kustomairstrike.com website will launch on 1 August, the day the event window opens, with a promotional website currently live.