Kevin Reed, 1975, cover of Surfing mag, which did an article on his aerials after SoCal surfers who had been up at the Lane for a contest came back with word about that 'flying Lane guy', so they sent a photographer up to document it..not throwaway flyers, legit launches over the wave face and landing them. For those of us in the lineup, we routinely saw daylight under Kevin's tail, often several feet worth, and he landed as many as he didn't. Conversely, Christian Fletcher was raised by one of the most self-promoting surfers of all time, and Herbie made damn sure Christian's antics were highly promoted inclusions in the surf movies Herbie was making a living producing at the time. So was Kevin first? Doubt it..there was a stand up paipo boarder on the south shore in HI back in the 60's known for landing flips above the lip...in reality, the only definitive in surfing is that the progression of each generation stands on the shoulders of the generation(s) before it..