They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that now includes aerial maneuvers on surfboards. This coming weekend, the Monster Energy Surf Team is headed to Barefoot Ski Ranch (BSR) in Waco to catch major airs on the world’s largest air section in a man-made wave facility
The inaugural Stab High invitational surf competition, supported by Monster Energy as the official drink sponsor in cooperation with Stab magazine will bring together twenty of surfing’s premier aerialists in a unique competition with $25,000 in prize money for first place. The invited riders were selected based on a combination of their aerial ability and ranking in the Stab magazine reader poll, an annual benchmark of the most culturally relevant surfers.
The unique competition will also feature a Highest Air event for $20,000 in prize money and the Vans Acid Drop, featuring aerial pioneer Nathan Fletcher leading surfers off the pool wall to plummet down to the waves below.
Artificial wave facilities, also called ‘wavepools’, are a major trend in surfing right now. They deliver perfect waves even at landlocked locations and allow surf athletes to fine-tune their skills in a controlled setting. What’s more, the first full-sized American Wave Machines facility in Waco delivers a special twist: perfect waves for catching big airs on surfboards.
As the first competitive event of its kind, Stab High presented by Monster Energy invites elite surfers to showcase their biggest and most innovative airs in front of a live crowd in a festival atmosphere. All riders who have already experienced the BSR wavepool, managed and tested by pro surfer Cheyne Magnusson, are praising the superb man-made waves.