Former world champion, Barton Lynch, remains one of surfing’s most passionate figures. Since 2006 he has channeled all his knowledge and infectious energy into his Blast-Off concept, which is designed to give aspiring young wave-riders the opportunity to participate in a fun event that provides a positive springboard into professional surfing. 

This year Blast Off will run as a video challenge. The event window is open now. Below are the details for how it will run and how to get involved.

The Video Challenge will be officiated by Barton Lynch himself, alongside a panel of the world's most exciting young surfers includinJack Robinson, Kyuss King, Vahine Fierro, Mahina Maeda and Eli Hanneman.Video has been a big part of my surfing development whether it is watching it for coaching purposes or to share what I’m doing with the world. I would’ve loved a video challenge to submit myself into when I was a grom and can’t wait to see what comes in and from where.” Jack Robinson
Committed approach from a Blast-Off prodigy. Photo: Barripp
Grommets can upload and submit as many videos as they want via throughout the event window for a $3 per submission entry fee. Videos must have been shot in 2020 and can be of a single wave, single manoeuvre or edited clip up to one minute in length. “Our motto at BL Blast Off has always been that we ‘Coach kids not judge them’, and the focus has always been around improving and getting better not winning and losing. In that same way the video challenge is for everyone, not just the rippers but any kid who is stoked on surfing, we wanna see that stoke and then help the kids to improve.” Barton Lynch  
Winners will be announced weekly for Most Entertaining Clip and Kids Who Bring the STOKE! Overall winners will be announced in the following categories:

The Expert’s Choice 

People’s Choice 

Best Wave

Best Wipe Out

Best Tube

Best Air

Most Potential