Surfing youngster Triston Gailey, who received worldwide attention after a story about his surfing was published by The Tribune, will be one of the competitors at the Still Frothy Surf Festival in Pismo Beach next weekend.
The two-day event, sponsored by surf giant Billabong, will feature free surf contests for kids 17 and younger, a tow air surf contest, a video contest and art exhibited by local artists.
“The first goal is to get kids more interested in surfing because it has kind of died off,” said Walter Cerny, who launched the event, now in its fourth year.
Cerny, who has surfed professionally for Billabong, named the event after the surf movie “Still Filthy,” which itself was a sequel to the Billabong-sponsored “Filthy Habits.”
The contest’s top prizes this year include multiple trips to Hawaii during the famous Billabong Pipeline Masters contest.
“Every year, it’s grown exponentially,” Cerny said of the Still Frothy event.
A prelude to the festival begins Friday with a concert by surfing musician Timmy Curran, who will perform at Hoagies at 7 p.m.
Saturday morning will feature the tow air contest, during which contestants will be pulled into waves with a jet ski for aerial tricks. The invite-only event will feature well-known surfers such as Nate Tyler, Curran and Albee Layer. Some of them will also compete in the pro-am contest for adults. Meanwhile, kids younger than 17 will compete in four divisions.
So far, Triston, 3, of San Luis Obispo, is the youngest to enter.
“We have a lot in that 6 to 8 range,” Cerny said.