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September 22 - WACO, TX

What is Stab High?

Stab High is a world class surfing event in the heart of Texas. Despite the oxymoron, this middle-American location may just be surfing’s ultimate competitive platform.

Some context: At Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas, owner Stuart Parsons installed the first full-sized American Wave Machines wave pool. Professional surfer Cheyne Magnusson was hired to manage the site and lead wavepool testing, which led to the creation of the world’s greatest man-made air section. Stab High will gather 16 of surfing’s premier aerialists in Waco, where over a live webcast surfers like Chippa Wilson, Noa Deane, and Albee Layer will attempt to land the biggest and most innovative aerials possible, for a significant cash prize.

The Premiere Performance Wave

Without the slightest whiff of hyperbole, the BSR wavepool is the premiere performance wave in the world. Surfers who visited Stab there in May said they hadn’t met an air section as good as this pool provided in the past 12 months. Not one.

Here's what a ticket will get you

Access to Stab's air contest, starring 20 of the world’s best, non-WSL owned, jumpers; a pass to all of BSR Cable Park’s features—the world’s largest Lazy River and the Royal Flush (a water slide/launch ramp unlike any you’ve ever seen); the after party featuring a live performance by Poolside; the after-after party featuring Reverberation Radio; drinks, food, libations and much much more.

Here's what you need to know (Competition Breakdown)

  • The Broadcast will go live at 12:30 pm local time. As most of us don’t live in Texas, here’s how that translates to your areas:
  • EST. Saturday, September 22, 1.30pm
  • PST. Saturday, September 22, 10.30am
  • AEST. Sunday, September 23, 3.30am
  • AWST. Sunday, September 23, 1.30am

The Round One Qualifier will run from 12:45 - 2:40 pm and will be available online free of charge. After that, you can pre-register for Pay Per View here: $13.99USD on event day or early bird price of $8.99USD. Round One will feature two lefts and two rights per surfer.

The Round Two Qualifier will run from 2:45 - 4:40, and will once again feature two lefts and two rights per surfer (20 surfers in both Qualifiers).

From 4:53 - 5:20 there will be a bonus wave, each surfer choosing a left or right of their choice. Two scores are held on to. One right and one left.

The top six surfers will be in the final.

Prior to the final, we have a special event to be announced soon. This will run from 5:25 - 5:50.

At 6 pm (local time) the final round will kick off.

  • EST. Saturday, September 22, 7pm
  • PST. Saturday, September 22, 5pm
  • AEST. Sunday, September 23, 10am
  • AWST. Sunday, September 23, 8am

In the final, four lefts and four rights will be ridden by each surfer plus a bonus wave of choice. The best two scores (left + right) will be taken into account to determine the winner.

After the final, we will be rewarding six spectators a lucky door prize. They will be given a session in the pool with Shane Dorian and Bobby Martinez.

Also, throughout the day, kids who want to ride the whitewash and the reform will be allowed to do so. We’re working with the lifeguards on what those final numbers look like, but we’ll be sure to get the groms riding a few waves at very least.

How the judging works

  • Waves will be scored from 0 to 100 on a static, event-wide scale (judges will be able to look back at past-completed airs to keep their scoring consistent throughout the event).
  • Only airs will be scored. Turns/blowtails/club-sandwiches will not count.
  • Airs must be completed with control and ridden out under the power of the wave, with at least the nose of the board breaking free from the whitewater. (WSL rulez)
  • Scoring criteria: We’re gonna be stingy with our scores, but only because we know how good these guys are! For a benchmark, we’ve set Seth Moniz’s backflip (currently the best air landed at the Waco site) at a clean 80-pointer. Here’s what the airs will be judged on:
    • Height (determined by the lowest part of board or body)
    • Speed/Distance covered (has anybody cleared the whole section yet?)
    • Style (if it looks good, it scores great)
    • Progression and creativity (any weird grabs, tweaks, spins, rolls, and flips will be noted!)
    • Landing (the cleaner, the better)

Beyond the surf.

Stab High isn’t just a surfing competition – it’s also an end-of-summer-blowout, suitable for humans of all ages, interests, and ideologies!

Stab High attendees are encouraged to wade in the shallow-end while our surfers kiss the stratosphere, enjoy chilled beverages at the heavily stocked pool bar, or feast on cuisine from our fleet of health-focused food trucks.

After the competition ends, daytime disco group, Poolside will play a live show at sunset.

There will be a following after-after party spun by various DJs to keep the vibes going well past our bedtimes on the lawn at BSR Cablepark.

Chippa Wilson
30, Grafton, New South Wales
Christopher ‘Chippa’ Wilson is the most technically gifted aerialist in the world. The lynx-like Australian has both a deeper bag of tricks and a higher completion rate than just about anybody in the world, which is what makes Chippa the odds-on favorite to win Stab High.
ALBEE LAYER
27, Haiku, Maui
A bona fide aerial pioneer, Albee Layer is the first surfer ever to land both a double-alleyoop and a double-backside-air-reverse. At Stab High, he intends to add a few more novel tricks to that list (hint: watch for the judo alleyoop!)
Matt Meola
29, Haiku, Maui
Like Albee, Matt Meola hails from Maui and is the owner of his very own surfing maneuver, the Spindle Flip – a corked, 540-degree double-grab rotation. Matt is considered one of the most nimble aerialists in the world, and is an easy favorite coming into Stab High.
Dion Agius
33, Beaumaris, Tasmania
A former air show competitor from the early 2000s, Dion Agius has built a career around his ability to take flight. The Tasmanian's small stature and compact stance will be an advantage at Waco, where high flights and soft landings are the recipe for big scores. After the skyscraper ‘oop he landed in Epokhe’s "Listen Now, Misty Dawn", Dion has to be a favorite for our $20k Big Air prize.
Jett Schilling
15, San Clemente, California
This human Q-tip has taken up full-time residence on the Lower Trestles left, giving Jett all the practice he needs for forehand punts. However the question remains whether Jett’s backhand will be primed for the excessive pop of the Waco ramp, which is likely to launch his scrawny frame into the mesosphere.
Mason Ho
29, Sunset Beach, Oahu
Perhaps the most entertaining aerialist on the Stab High roster, Mason will likely attempt a handplant on the pool wall or shoot a non-existent tube on the takeoff. One might actually hope to see Mason lose before the final, if only to watch him attempt the wall jump in our Vans Acid Drop halftime show.
Ian Crane
25, San Clemente, California
It’s been said that Ian Crane’s knock-kneed approach is a trait of function and not fashion. According to the lore, Ian’s knees act as a catcher’s mitt for his oversized hog, ultimately blocking it from slapping across the water while he surfs. Despite that physical impediment, Ian proved his aerial worth when visiting Waco with Stab this May, nailing a wider variety of punts than any surfer in our crew.
Jay Davies
31, Yallingup, Western Australia
Physically speaking, Jay Davies is one of the biggest aerialists in the world. Despite being 6’1” and carved out of West Australian timber, Jay is incredibly flexible and can finesse a spin with the best. He can also consume more Texas BBQ than Dion, Craig, and Meola combined.
Noa Deane
24, Coolangatta, Queensland
The son of surfing royalty, Noa Deane has built a niche for himself in the world of non-compete aerial mastery. He’s landed a few of the biggest airs in the history of the sport, which can be attributed to his powerful thighs and general absence of fear.
Eithan Osborne
18, Ventura, California
If he isn’t able to win on talent alone, Eithan Osborne will use his primordial power stance to shock competitors into submission. We wonder if this underground punter might whet a few palettes with his Reynolds-inspired flair.
Harry Bryant
22, Sunshine Beach, Queensland
After bursting onto the scene a few years back, Harry Bryant has contributed many terrific oddities to the world of surf, but none greater than his patented bowl cut. With a clean line of vision made possible by his pin-straight bangs, Harry will attack the ramp with vigour and aplomb.
Brendon Gibbens
26, Durban, South Africa
This rubber-legged lad can absorb impact like a Korean gymnast, often crumbling into a pile of limbs before resurrecting from the whitewash entirely intact. As the only South African surfer in the draw, Brendon Gibbens will have the accent advantage when it comes to Stab High's bustling afterparty.
Eli Hanneman
15, Lahaina, Maui
Eli Hanneman may be small, but that just makes his airs look bigger. At just 15 years old, Stab High’s token wunderkind has already landed a backflip in the Waco pool, making him a genuine threat against his older, more creaky-limbed competitors. Eli may be a longshot to win in Waco, but he’ll entertain with his silky rotations and youthful enthusiasm.
Kael Walsh
19, Yallingup, West Aus
Kael Walsh moved from Perth to Yallingup at 12 years old and hasn't let up on launching inverted punts since. He's one of the younger competitors in the field, but also one with little regard for the consequences which come from throwing yourself into the flats.
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