Triple Crown Winner, Pipe Pro Champ, and now Kustom Airstrike innovator, John John Florence can add a shoebox filled with 50K cash to the $450K he’s banked during his first 12 months on tour. His Stalefish Air Reverse sealed the victory voted on by the public, and Tony Hawk (who invented the maneuver) surprised Florence while having coffee in San Diego. Congrats John John!Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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When we mention Kinetik Racing Co. you might be thinking, “Never heard of em..” Well chances are you’ve heard of their A-list team of surfers: Parko, Occy, Bruce & Andy, Luke Egan, Dusty Payne, and Jack Freestone – all KR fins riders.
Current world No. 2 Joel Parkinson shows off his Signature Parko Fin template
Launching in the summer of 2009 KR began making high quality, performance-driven surfing fins with a collaboration of team riders, shapers, and manufacturing elites. After comprehensive R&D and hours of testing out in the field, these fins aren’t just endorsed by their riders, but they are the actual fins ridden in competition and free surf sessions the world over.
Kinetik has a healthy assortment of templates to fit a variety of styles and surfers. From the Occy’s power-surfing to Dusty’s above the lip approach, you’ll find a set to take your surfing to the next level. The best part is that all KR fins come in single and twin tab versions so they will fit both Futures and FCS fin boxes. So grab yourself a set and see why some of the top guys are backing this technology.
Here newly signed team rider and 2010 ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone talks about KR:
In 1999, physician and surfer Dr Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves. The surf at Lance’s Right proved to be everything he hoped for but he was also struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands.
Today SurfAid includes a strong network of surfers, celebrities and global ambassadors actively empowering the Indo islanders to protect themselves from famine, floods, and become economic sustainable. And now you can support SurfAid with their iconic tee styles at SWELL
To give back to the place where sooo many surfers have scored the waves of their careers, companies like Billabong and Quiksilver have each committed over $100,000 to SurfAid for preparation to emergencies facing the Mentawai villagers. When the devastating tsunami hit in 2010, the villagers did not wait around for hand-outs, instead they addressed the horrific problems themselves, and have completed the major recovery projects with the help of SurfAid.
Surfaid International is now an iconic legacy in the surfing community, and their clothing line is a reflection of the vision it took to do the greater good while charging the world’s best reefs. Join Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Jack Johnson, Occy, Parko, Taj and more in supporting the cause by merely sporting a SurfAid tee
What better catalyst to spark the future of progressive aerial surfing than 5 of the world’s best, competing for $50K on a Mentawais boat trip? This year’s “winner takes all” event included John John Florence, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Ryan Callinan, and Chippa Wilson. Freesurfing Innersection winners vs World Title Contender, Ausrtalia vs Hawaii… the boys definitely surfed like they had something to prove.
Watch the fourth and most freakish episode as the boys go for broke, boosting man-sized airs over super shallow razor-reefs. Absent in this episode four was Matt Meola, who head-butted some coral in the third segment of the aerial arms race.
See the other webisodes and vote for your favorite here. Voting ends September 20th, share your favorite in the comments below.
Their insane surfing style in the water is complemented by their new wave of looks on land. From scoop neck tees, to cut-offs and cat-eyes, here’s a list of their sponsors whose styles and gear is available at SWELL.
John John Florence -O’Neill, Vans, Dakine, Future Fins
Ryan Callinan -Billabong, Electric, Nixon
Albee Layer -ERGO Clothing, Xcel, Sanuk
Chippa Wilson -Analog, Nixon, FCS, Kustom
Matt Meola- Dakine, Sanuk, O’Neill, Ocean Minded