The New York Times Says: Aerial Surfing Is the Future

Pat Gudauskas pulls the first recorded rodeo flip in ASP competition. Photo: Ahmed
Pat Gudauskas pulls the first recorded rodeo flip in ASP competition. Photo: Ahmed

Checking out the latest in world news today, I stumbled across this video on NYTimes.com: an homage to progressive, aerial surfing that claims the current criteria for judging the sport is antiquated. Aside from now-stock airs from Modern Collective/Stranger Than Fiction/etc…, the video also features Pat Gudauskas and vintage Christian Fletcher flipping the camera the bird. Fletcher went on to say, “They wanted an asshole, and I gave them the best one I possibly could.” Clearly not your everyday New York Times fodder. It was pretty amazing stuff, and also dead-on when it comes to addressing the changing climate of professional surfing. Take a look here. – Zach Weisberg