Two years ago, after much debate, Volcom shelled out $10,000 to Zoltan Torkos for landing the first kickflip in surfing. Since then, Volcom raised the stakes to $20,000 for the first above the lip kickflip on a surfboard, and Zoltan has made it abundantly clear that he plans to collect.
Zoltan’s dedication has lead him to submit more than 30 clips to Volcom over the last two years in hopes of winning their kickflip-off—all of which have been denied. So why does he keep trying? Who is this guy? Does he have a surf-specific case of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Is it just about the prize money? Do kickflips even belong in surfing? Does anyone care?
These questions swirled in my head when I knocked on the front door of Zoltan's house near Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. The encounter that followed was as weird as you might imagine. To step into a world of kickflips, surf raps, and magic tricks, check out our April issue. In the meantime, observe Zoltan's obsession in action below.