The most acrobatic and versatile windsurfing discipline. It is the “youth blood” and has been responsible for much of the new talent that has come into the sport in recent years. Winner is who does the most exciting and skilfull maneuvers. The conditions are from flat water in a lake and a slight breeze to stormy winds in Canarian waves. This makes freestyle also practicable for amateurs who do not have the best waves right in front of their houses.
The complicated turns, jumps and rotations which are shown on freestyle competition make this discipline so interesting to watch and it inspires young people for this sport. Windsurfing developes through freestyle. Years ago, only a handfull of surfers were able to do some kinds of maneuvers. Today it is standard for the freestylers to know them and to constantly come up with new moves and combinations.
Competitions in the Knock-out System
Normally two to four surfers compete in the knock-out system in heats (certain period of time) in which the judges count the best action on the water.
The Best Freestylers
Today, freestyle is dominated by young, slim surfers. Heavy, athletic surfers like the former worldchampion Antoine Albeau would probably have no chance anymore. The elite is called José Estredo, Tonky and Taty Frans or Kiri Thode and comes from Venezuela or Bonaire where you can find awesome training conditions for this discipline. From Germany, Andre Paskowski and Normen Günzlein are among the best. The current world champion is the Brazilian super talent Marcilio Browne, called "Brawzinho". Daida Moreno is the reigning world champion of the women, but recently she is getting more difficult rivals, young surfers like the 16 year old Sarah-Quita Offringa from Aruba.
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