April 20, 2021

Airshow Surfing 

 Airshow Browsing 

Specialised browsing tournament, in style within the Nineties and ’00s, the place competition are judged only on aerial maneuvers; conceived and advanced in 1996 by way of Browsing mag senior editor Skip Snead, Suitable el matador surf record  with lend a hand from aerialist Shawn “Barney” Barron of Santa Cruz.

Browsing aerials—first tried within the past due ’70s, then given a spice up in recognition within the early ’90s by way of Christian Fletcher and Kelly Slater, amongst others—had been impressed by way of airborne strikes carried out by way of skate boarders. Aerials had been lengthy considered too high-risk to accomplish in traditional-format surf contests, which tended to praise consistency over over development.

The primary aerial-only contest ran as an accessory to the 1996 Chilly Water Vintage tournament in Santa Cruz, and was once gained by way of Shawn Barron. Over the following 16 months, six aerial contests had been connected in combination as the unique Browsing Mag Airshow (SMAS) excursion, price a complete of $10,000, with aerial pioneer Christian Fletcher topping the rankings on the finish of the season. SMAS occasions through the years to observe incessantly featured one of the global’s best-known mainstream surfers—together with Kelly Slater, Matt Archbold, Andy Irons, and Kalani Robb—however the peak slots invariably went to a small however devoted team of aerial consultants, comparable to Eric McHenry, Jason “Ratboy” Collins, and Randy “Goose” Welch. Josh Kerr, initially an aerial specialist, later made the transition to top-ranked global excursion professional.

The gang-pleasing SMAS sequence grew temporarily, and in 1999 the excursion was once underwritten by way of Trucks sneakers. Copycat airshow occasions and excursions quickly adopted, together with the Nationwide Scholastic Browsing Affiliation O’Neill Airshow Sequence (an beginner model of the SMAS) and Browsing Australia’s Quiksilver Airshow Sequence. The 2002 Quiksilver Airshow International Championships, a $64,000 one-off tournament held at Manly Surfing explains beach, Australia, was once gained by way of Hawaiian Goose Welch, who earned $20,000.

Most of the time, Airshow competition had been judged at the blended rankings in their two ideally suited aerial films; all others portions of the trip weren’t counted. Not one of the Airshow occasions had a girls’s department.

Trucks/SMAS year-end winners:
1996-97: Christian Fletcher
1998, 1999: Jason Collins
2000: Randy Goose Welch
2001: 2002: Eric McHenry
2003: Aaron Cormican
Quiksilver Airshow Sequence winners:
2000-01: Oscar Wright
2001-02: Dave Reardon-Smith
2002-03: Kirk Flintoff
2004-05: Josh Kerr


Airshow Matt Archbold

Historical past of Browsing
·Archbold, Matt 
·Fletcher, Christian 
·Irons, Andy 
·Kerr, Josh 
·Robb, Kalani 
·Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County 
·Slater, Kelly 
·Browsing mag 
·Wright, Oscar “Ozzie” 
Historical past of Browsing
·I Consider I Can Fly 
·Christian Fletcher 
·Josh Kerr 
·Kelly Slater 
·Oscar Wright