1998 World Cup of FS, Freestyle & Skysurf
"Stylin' & Surfin' 1998"
Freestyle & Skysurf News and Commentary by Tamara
(Tamara is serving on the judging panel for Freestyle & Skysurf)
Thursday, 23 September
Welcome to the 1st edition of the Stylin' & Surfin' 1998! This E-newsletter will
include brief summaries on what's happening at the World Cup, including jumping
operations, routine highlights, and standings.
- September 19: Opening ceremonies and official training jumps, which were judged if they
were a compulsory round jump.
- September 20: Competitors completed Round 1, their first compulsory jump.
- September 21: With frequent clouds and rain, freestyle and skysurfing. competitors did
not perform any rounds of competition.
- September 22: With freestyle and skysurfing competition beginning in the afternoon,
competitors completed their second compulsory jump.
- September 23: The day began with dreary overcast skies with competitors amusing
themselves on the tarmac. With 2 metal portable fence structures used as a net, a game of
volleyball was in progress and towards the other side, skate boarders were going through a
slalom course comprised of water bottles! At 10:30 a.m. the ceiling lifted and the
competition got under way under partly cloudy skies. Rounds 3 though 5 were completed and
judges judged all jumps through to the end of round 4.
It is today, Thursday, that competitors had the opportunity to unleash their creativity
and the initial relative standings became apparent. In men's freestyle, Omar performs a
very modern, new age type of routine in which both himself and his camera flyer, Greg,
perform relative tracking and circling motions and under/over transitions closely linked
with looping rotations. Arnaud of France comes off the plane almost as if making a
"breast stroke" into his pike front loops and then executes double twisting back
loops in an array of moves which also include under/over transitions with his camera
Please stay tuned to "Stylin' & Surfin' 1998" for more details to come!
FREESTYLE & SKYSURF CURRENT STANDINGS