At the heart of Red Bull’s Project Air is a single objective – exposing the elite surf team to new and innovative ways of progressing the most exciting move in surfing today, the aerial. And for each athlete, behind this objective lies a deeper, personal motive for taking part – competitive success.
Last Tuesday, at an isolated stretch of beach, the elite team competed against one another in simulated heats, bringing structure to their performances for the first time in 2010 after an extended hiatus.
In two weeks, the race for the men’s and women’s ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Titles will begin in earnest, so with Red Bull’s resources – coaches, cameras and jet-ski assist – the gang got down to business!
Heat 1 featured 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich vs the young and talented Sally Fitzgibbons.
??Heat 2 featured Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez vs 2009 WT competitor Tim Boal, of France.?Heat 3 featured reigning and two-time Men’s World Champion Mick Fanning vs South African wunderkind Jordy Smith.
What a lineup!?
As Red Bull coach Andy King explained: