Flowriding

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A flow-boarder aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas

Flowriding is a late-20th century alternative boardsport incorporating elements of surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, skimboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding.[1] (For information about the 14-wheel skateboard, please refer to Flowboard)

Flowriders ride on artificial waves that are technically called "sheet waves". Powerful pumps project a three-inch layer of water at speeds ranging from 20 MPH to 30 MPH.[2] The water flows up and over surfaces engineered to replicate the shape of ocean waves. Sheet waves are stationary waves, in that the wave does not move forward, and the movement is derived from water flowing over a stationary surface. Flowriders get their speed from the energy of the water flowing at them, and can perform basic to sophisticated turns and tricks within a relatively small area.[citation needed]

Even though there are a number of different types of structures used for flowriding, the two which are recognized at a competitive level are the Double FlowRider and FlowBarrel.[3]

Two main divisions of the sport is divided by the type of board the rider chooses; the flowboard or bodyboard.

Flowboard[edit]

The flowboard is also known as the 'stand-up board' in flowriding.[4] Currently there are four mainstream board brands; Ash, Mak and WaveLochJaan Flowboards. These boards may differ in shape, materials, lengths and the angle at which the board curves. Generally they take a similar appearance to that of a wakeboard and can be further categorized into strapped and strapless boards. Boards with footstraps are generally used only on the FlowBarrel, but strapless boards are used on both the FlowRider and FlowBarrel. Flowboards range in length from: 910 millimeters (36 inches) to 1070 millimeters (42 inches); and in width from 280 millimeters (11 inches) to 356 millimeters (14 inches). They weigh between 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) and 2.8 kilograms (6 pounds).[citation needed]

Many of the tricks incorporated in flowriding are inspired by skateboarding and wakeboarding. Riders are able to perform various maneuvers varying in difficulty such as carving, rotations varying in degree (90°, 180°, 360°), pop-shuvits and variations, kick-flips, foot-plant and fast-plant variations, and many more.

Bodyboard[edit]

Bodyboarders ride standard bodyboards in the prone, kneeling, or drop-knee position. Each position forms the basic to its own set of tricks. In most competitions, bodyboarders are required to do tricks in both prone and kneeling positions. There are three brands most would look to for bodyboards; Carbon, Cartel and WaveLoch.

Organization[edit]

There appears to be a organization called Flowboarding League of the World (FLOW) run by Flowrider Inc. and WhiteWater West Industries [5] which governs the sport in terms of rules and regulations being set for some competitions and tournaments such as FLOWtour and Flow Championships.[6] However this organization only appears in name in articles but does not seem to have a website or presence of its own nor has any official platforms to state its agenda.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tan, Les. "Singapore’s Ili Lim wins overall flowriding title". RedSports. Red Sports. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Guy, Wisdom. "An Introduction To Flowriding". Men's Health. 
  3. ^ Tan, Les. "Singapore’s Ili Lim wins overall flowriding title". RedSports. Red Sports. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Damon, Poppy. "Feeling the Flow – Adam Wildman, Flowrider". Australian Times. Blue Sky Publications Ltd. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Unknown, Writer. "FlowTour 2014 Announced, Flowrider". FlowHouse. None. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Unknown, Writer. "Flow Championships, Flowrider". FlowHouse. None. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

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