Watch the First Surfboard Kick Flip Ever Caught on Film

For years surfers have been trying to claim the prize for Volcom Stone's $10,000 Kickflip-Off Contest, an annual contest that challenges surfers to land a clean kick flip and document it on video. The formidably-named surfer Zoltan Torkos may have just pulled it off.


The above video was shot at the famous surf spot Steamer's Lane in Santa Cruz, California, and while Volcom has not yet declared Zoltan the winner of the bounty, to this viewer it looks like his trick meets the criteria:

1. Your entry must be on video from the start of the trick through the ride out. No photos allowed.
2. This contest is open to everyone. The contest begins today November 21st, 2007, and will run until there's a winner.
3. The kickflip must be a real air "above the lip" – No backwash, No chop hops, or anything in the flats or below the lip of the wave.
4. All waves must be self caught – You must paddle into the wave. This means NO tow-ats, step-offs, jetskis, boats, dinghys, winches, canoes, oars, helicopters, dolphins or assistance of any kind.
5. No grabs of any kind. Not before, not after, not during.
6. You must completely "ride out" of the kickflip. That means if you land on the back of the wave and fail to continue surfing the wave – it's not a make!
7. No heelflips. Or else we'd have called it the Heelflip-Off.
8. No shoes. Who surfs in shoes anyway? Regular "made for surfing" booties are acceptable.
9. You must be riding a real surfboard with at least one fin. No boogie boards, softboards, wakeboards, wakeskates, skimboards, kiteboards, trays etc.


Update: Volcom is denying him the prize:

Rule #3 of the Kickflipoff contest states: "The kickflip must be a real air 'above the lip' - No backwash, No chop hops, or anything in the flats or below the lip of the wave."

With that said, Zoltan's kickflip is clearly below the lip and not a real air. Zoltan has pulled the first kickflip on a surfboard, but the $10,000 still remains up for grabs. We called Zoltan with our decision and he replied, "I'm not here to argue against your decision, but I am here to revolutionize surfing."

This changes everything, or whatever brah. [Global Surf News]

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Okay, I've watched the video three times now and I don't see anything that seems unusual. Clearly I have no clue what a 'kick flip' is, and didn't see anything that I would describe as a "kick flip" (nothing flipped anywhere, there were no kicks). It looked to me like a pretty standard run you'd see any day of the week from any surfer. What am I missing?