- WSL / BL Blast Off / Jack Barripp

It's Finals Week for the Barton Lynch Blast Off video challenge, which went global for the first time ever this year as it rolled with the Covid pandemic.

Some of the best young surfers from all across the world have been submitting their best clips, and these have been judged by their peers and an expert panel.

Now that all the hard work is done, it's time to kick back and enjoy several compilations of the best clips -- a real glimpse into the future of surfing.

Established in 2006, the BL Blast Off coaching program and surfing championship is a unique event aimed at sharing the stoke with young surfers and helping them skyrocket their wave-riding abilities.

"Taking the event online allowed us to reach more kids and build the BL Blast Off community globally," explains the 1988 World Champ and WSL commentator.

"I always liked the quote ‘the best surfer is the one having the most fun' and that's what BL Blast Off is about, because the better you get, the more fun you have," Lynch continues.

A fun, interactive online festival of surfing, kids were encouraged to upload the footage they're stoked on and vote on the hundreds of clips jam-packed with frothed-out surfing action. And a star-studded panel help officiate the proceedings, which included Vahine Fierro, Jack Robinson, Mahina Maeda, Eli Hanneman and Kyuss King.

Between them, the judges decided on winners across four best of categories including The Expert's Choice, Best Wave, Best Tube, Worst Wipeout and Best Air. They also crowed winners in four age divisions.

Throughout this week, Barton and the judges will break down the best entries in each category and award the winners each day, so stayed tuned to the Any Kine Live YouTube channel for more.

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