Red Bull King of the Air
Flash Austin

Flash started kitesurfing in 1995 when he decided that it would be a good idea to strap himself to a kite and surf on his skim board, needless to say that he loved it! Through the late nineties and early noughties Flash ruled the kitesurfing competition scene and racked up titles left, right, and center.

Flash usually gets his day started with a dawnie surf, and then spends the rest of the day strapped to his kite, ripping up the waves of the North shore of Maui, Hawaii. Maui, often referred to as “the pearl of the Pacific”, is a real gem for most watermen, and Flash is fortunate enough to call this trade-wind-blessed spot home.

Even after years of kiteboarding, Flash has not lost his enthusiasm and excitement for rigging up and flying high. Having had to take a few months off from kiting due to a calcaneal fracture, Flash believes that megaloops are “pretty sick”, but can also be very risky depending on the circumstance involved and when any kiter, of any skill level, is attempting to megaloop, they should always remember that sometimes "discretion is the better part of valor".


Stats
  • Maui Kitesurfing Champion 1997 and 1998
  • Cape Verde Flysurf Challenge Champion 1998
  • Dunkirk Flysurf Challenge Champion 1999
  • Morocco Flysurf Pro d'Essaouira Champion 1999
  • Leucate Mondial Du Vent Flysurf Challenge Champion 1999
  • Maui Red Bull King of the Air Champion 2000 and 2001
  • Leucate Mondial Du Vent Flysurf Air Challenge Champion 2000
  • Tarifa Red Bull Sky Ride Freestyle and Distance Champion 2000
  • Hood River Gorge Games Champion 2000
  • Switzerland Kiteboarding Champion 2000
  • New Zealand Red Bull Sky Ride Freestyle and Hang-time Champion 2001
"Don't worry about being too technical and comparing yourself to how others kite. The mastery of your true self is your own self-expression."
- Flash Austin

Main Prize

A random entry will be selected on the 10th day to win a kitesurfing clinic with High Five kitesurfing school, hosted by johnno scholte!  

Daily Question   09/09

28 January 2015

Which kiter uses the Slingshot Fuel and Slingshot Asylum?
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congratulations to Paul Roberts@paulkroberts

u won a pro training clinic with High Five kitesurfing school
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