The $20,000 kickflip obsession

May 25, 2013 in News, surf

Did surfer Zoltan Torkos get “above and off the lip” in his latest video?


Some call it determination. Others might label it an obsession. Either way, Santa Cruz surfer/magician Zoltan Torkos is going for kickflip glory and he isn’t giving up.

Torkos first made a splash with his 2011 video submission to the $10,000 Volcom Kickflip-Off competition, sparking a raging online debate (“Did he pull it?”) and ultimately collecting $10,000 for his efforts.

Volcom immediately upped the ante, offering $20,000 to the first surfer who could complete an above-and-off-the-lip kickflip.

Two years and about 30 video submissions later, Torkos is still pursuing the trick with single-minded focus. Volcom has yet to award the $20,000 prize.

“I came from a magic family,” said Torkos, who is descended from a line of Hungarian magicians. “I think that’s what made me believe in the unbelievable and not give up.”

The following video is Torkos’ most recent attempt to successfully complete an above-and-off-the-lip kickflip on a surfboard.

Our only question is: What will Torkos do next?

Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards 2013

May 8, 2013 in News

2013 Highlight Reels


Winners included:
Ride of the Year: Shane Dorian

Biggest Paddle Wave: Shawn Dollar

Biggest Wave: Shawn Dollar

Tube of the Year: Shane Dorian








Girls Performance Champion: Keala Kennelly





Overall Performance Award: Greg Long












Wipeout Award: Chris Shanahan


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Hurley/Pacific Wave Spring Fling

April 29, 2013 in Contest, News, surf

Robert Waldemar Memorial paddle out

April 26, 2013 in News

In Memory of Robert “Walt” Waldemar, we created this short film to celebrate his life:

Zoltan ‘The Magician’ Torkos nails darkslide flip in video

April 13, 2013 in News, Steamer Lane, surf

Sentinel staff report

Posted:   04/12/2013 06:50:04 PM PDT

Santa Cruz surfer Zoltan Torkos has been practicing kickflip/darkslides for years.

After he was awarded $10,000 by Volcom in 2011 for completing the trick, the surfer apparel manufacturer upped the prize money to $20,000 and changed the rules to say the flip had to occur above the lip of the wave.

On Tuesday, Torkos posted a video on YouTube proving he completed the feat and awaits to hear back from Volcom.



April 12, 2013 in Mavericks, News, surf, Videos

Rocky Romano, an award winning filmmaker, has announced that the premiere of an episode from his documentary series “Maverick Moments” will be shown at this years highly praised San Diego Film Festival. Romano is an action sports athlete turned an acclaimed writer, producer and director with 20 short films and three feature films under his belt. Romano is more than honored that the San Diego Film Festival has recognized his work in this forum.

The short selected, titled “The Swell”, is a dramatically crafted film that glorifies the best swell to hit Mavericks in the 2011/2012 season.

Romano stated, “I am stoked and honored to be part of this prestigious surf film festival. We are proud to represent big wave surfing through our style of story telling. The humans that ride the biggest waves in the world deserve the highest level of recognition. The festival organizers stated that the competition was really tough this year, and to be selected along side talented filmmakers such as Kai Neville (“Lost Atlas” and “Sincerely Suburbia”) is humbling.”


The film features personal interviews with surfers like Ken “Skin Dog” Collins. Alongside Skin Dog, are professional surfers like Peter MelGreg Long and many more. Interestingly, several of the episodes were actually filmed during the same swell used in “Chasing Mavericks”, the Hollywood film starring Gerard Butler. Footage from the web series was actually used in the feature film produced by Walden Media/ 20th Century FOX as well as the TV special “The Making of Mavericks.” Footage from the series can also be found in the new documentary film titled “Discovering Mavericks” a documentary about Half Moon Bay’s dangerous surf break by Josh Pomer.

Alongside his San Diego FIlm Festival accomplishment Rocky and his V.P. of Operations Miranda Winters are continually re-defining “independent” filmmaking.  Episodes from the series have also been been selected for the 2012 Spanish Surf Film Festival and the 2013 Shore Shots Irish Surf Film Festival. His film ”Learning to Breathe” played as a closing at the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival.

“Mavericks Moments” was created by The Go Big Project, an award-winning production company founded by Romano in 2006. Based out of Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz California, The Go Big Project Inc., also launched its website in 2010 highlighting action sports lifestyle. Rocky Romano and his companies have been featured on HBO, ABC, ESPN, The NY Times, Transworld Surf, USA Today, Surfline, Santa Cruz Sentinel and many others. He also founded the trans-media company iTVbranding in 2011, and has had his work premiered and been awarded at international film festivals. With many accomplishments and more to come “Mavericks Moments” is something you don’t want to miss.


4/10 Weasel Reef

April 12, 2013 in News, surf

A few photos from april 10th at Weasel reef. Some of the surfers include Anthony Ruffo, Darryl “Flea” Virostko and Casey Main.

Kickflip Obsession

March 17, 2013 in News

A look at one mans Strange obsession with landing the Above the Lip Kickflip
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Two years ago, after much debate, Volcom shelled out $10,000 to Zoltan Torkos for landing the first kickflip in surfing. Since then, Volcom raised the stakes to $20,000 for the first above the lip kickflip on a surfboard, and Zoltan has made it abundantly clear that he plans to collect.

Zoltan’s dedication has lead him to submit more than 30 clips to Volcom over the last two years in hopes of winning their kickflip-off—all of which have been denied. So why does he keep trying? Who is this guy? Does he have a surf-specific case of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Is it just about the prize money? Do kickflips even belong in surfing? Does anyone care?

These questions swirled in my head when I knocked on the front door of Zoltan’s house near Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. The encounter that followed was as weird as you might imagine. To step into a world of kickflips, surf raps, and magic tricks, check out our April issue. In the meantime, observe Zoltan’s obsession in action below.

Read the Article in Surfer Magazine (Apr 2013)

You can view all of Zoltans Volcoms Kickflipoff entries below

The Kick Flip Crusader: Zoltan “The Magician” Torkos Interview in Surfer Magazine (April 2013)

February 27, 2013 in News

Zoltan "The Magician" Surfer Magazine Apr. 2013 Interview


















Does Zoltan “The Magician” Torkos Deserve The $20k for the Kickflip Contest

February 17, 2013 in News, surf, Videos

ZOLTAN “THE MAGICIAN” TORKOS: The Kick Flip King Presented By Zunuz Shoes from Elijah Crowell on Vimeo.

Does Zoltan”The Magician” Torkos deserve the $20k
For the Kick Flip contest??? LET THEWORLD DECIDE!!!
Video and Photos by Elijah Crowell, Rigo Torkos, Skimshady,Robbie Hinson,

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