Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) is set to launch aerial surfing to new heights with an innovative game show format at the Boost Mobile Surf Show. The event, presented by LG, will be taking place at Surfers Paradise Beach in April ’07. Slater, who revolutionised aerial surfing, will headline the interactive style surf show format that will attract an international field of the world ’s top aerial surfers. All vying for AU$30,000 prize money.
“I’ve always been a strong advocate of bringing innovation into surfing competitions and testing the limits of traditional formats. The guys at Boost Mobile came to us with this great concept and it’ll be awesome to see surfers perform tricks that they spin up on the wheel… As a Boost Mobile team rider I’m stoked to be a part of it,” said Slater.
Frothing for the unparalleled competition format is ASP world tour no.4 surfer Taj Burrow (Western Australia, AUS), who as a Boost Mobile team rider will join Slater in the innovative tournament. “It’s going to be total entertainment to watch the world’s best aerialists pull off big moves in front of thousands of spectators… I can’t wait for the chance to have a go at the tow-in session in front of a big crowd in the heart of Surfers,” said Burrow.
The imaginative surf show will put both Slater and Burrow against the likes of American aerial whiz Tim Curran (California, USA) and Hawaiian kingpin Jamie O’Brien (Oahu). The cream of Australia’s aerial specialists will also be invited to compete including; Dave Reardon-Smith (Coolum), Ozzie Wright (Narrabeen), Dion Agius (Currumbin), Ry Craike (Kalbarri, W.A.), Wade Goodall (Caloundra, Qld), Yadin Nicol (Western Australia, Aus) and Dru Adler (Gold Coast).
All have been invited with direct access to the main event on Sunday 15th April and are expected to be fly high in the no holds barred, winner-take-all tournament. “I’m stoked about the return of aerial surfing in this dynamic new way,” said former Airshow series winner Dave Reardon-Smith (Yaroomba, Qld).