jumptheshark wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:08 pm
I don't really know how to feel about hydrofoil freestyle in competition.
Most of me is eager to see the accelerated progression, It's a single comp so I guess it all depends on the conditions that day, but just in general, where would this kind of comp end up?
Straps, strapless, big air, low level loops, all tech with too many spins or board twirls.
I mean competition kind of killed the style in wakestyle. Hydrofoiling doesn't really have a style yet. The big air is super impressive for its magnitude, but it's Oh so dangly. I personally want to see more development of the mid to low level strapless air work with nice stalls, looped kites, clean landings etc, As soon as its a comp tho, it becomes about how many more rotations you can fit in, instead of how dope a stalled out simple move can be.
IMHO wakestyle is best served in a freeride session. Put it in a box on a timer and you get less of the critical aesthetic and more and more tech. The foiling in my dreams is modelled off the best of free riding ideals. I kind of liked that the style of foiling I want to pursue is not seen in competition.
I guess we will see.
I feel likewise. Sports that blend athleticism, daring, and style risk getting their soul sucked out in competitions. EG a huge air fully boned out with maximum style gets way less points than the 3 gyrations becoming 3.5 or super technically difficult multiple grabs mid-trick, that frankly look frantic and terrible. IMHO of course, each to their own style and interests.
Maybe a more interesting model to follow is the Expression Session format ... travelling roadshow of the best riders going to the best spots, ripping it up for the spectators and videos, no judges, the participants peer vote for the awards after each sessoin, Most Radical Move, Going Biggest, Style Master, etc.
Recount of 70s surf attempt:
https://www.surfer.com/blogs/eos/1970-e ... n-session/
Gerry Lopez: “In its very essence, all that a surfer could dream of. An art show rather than a competition. Twenty top surfers expressing themselves without all the usual contest hassles and rules. Just surf to your heart’s content and pick up a check for $200.”
Of course it failed miserably there for a number of reasons. But this is a different context. I picture less surf comp and more Nitro Circus.
Though I have to admit to some doubt about the wider appeal of freestyle foiling ... around here, those who do foiling love it, and then much of the rest of the kite community it's as lame as lame gets, the butt of jokes, where old kiters go to pasture, etc. Will big dangly spin-o-ramas and handle passes actually help make this seem cool?