No Rules Slalom – In or Out

The never ending debate continues since the ‘no rules’ rule was first implemented into the PWA Slalom fleet. A risky move but one that has certainly shown face to its fair share of exciting highlights within the fleet during the last few years. Nonetheless the risk of injury is certainly heightened and of course we see more crashes than ever before.

So when Maciek Rutkowski had a run in with another over ambitious and over confident slalom rider it seems he has decided to take matters into his own hands. Raising the debate against no rules once again, he has produced a documentary style video for you to make your own decision. This is video certainly captured our attention as Rutkowski enters a more documentary style approach to his edit and leaves us to question if this no rules approach is truly the way to go.

Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

Words from Rutkowski:

“These days I find it harder and harder to find valuable stuff out there in terms of online clips, magazines, or even movies. Maybe its just me getting old and picky, but less and less I finish watching something and am like: “I wanna watch it again at some point”. Seems like everyone is just chasing clicks, reaches and box-office result. And I understand that, business is business.

Don’t get me wrong I still watch the new blockbuster superhero movies were after 70minutes of fighting and 25minutes of talking-that-leads-to-fighting, good defeats evil. But more and more I find myself thinking that I just wasted 2 hours when the credits start rolling.

And that’s how I “discovered” documentaries. Real people telling real stories. Giving real opinions about real events. Somehow I can relate to that a little bit more and nowadays some of my favourite films are documentaries. So for a long while now I’ve been willing to do some sort of windsurfing documentary-ish thing myself. Didn’t have a clew what the subject might be, but this year in Fuerte the subject hit me (literally!). At first I just wanted to post the livestream recording of the crash in good quality. But then in Tenerife I asked Proffitt, Franky and Sparky to give me a quick introduction to the no rules thing and things started falling into place really naturally. And after 2 days of editing we might just have the best video I’ve ever made. Or at least the realest one (def realer then the SA: Vengeance one haha!). The problem is now I will want to tell a story every clip, so quite likely you’ll never see anything of me ever again hahaha! So enjoy that! :)”

We caught up with Rutkowski for a few words:

BS: No rules, what’s your personal opinion on it then?
Oh definetely yes. Maybe it doesn’t come across 100% like this in the clip, but I’m its biggest fan. I still race slalom with rules from time to time (i.e Euro-Cup tour) and there’s nothing worse that waiting out there for 1 hour in 10 degrees in Sylt in May to start your semifinal because there was a protest in the other quarter! Also from a promotional stand point I believe it gives a much better, harder image to our sport and actually makes it even more fun!

BS: What has the no rules approach done to the slalom fleet since its inception?
It changed the way we race for sure. I wasn’t on tour when it first got introduced but from stories and from experience in the lower rank events, I see the jibing lines have changed and the general attitude as well. In rules the race might not be over after crossing the finish line – I almost got my Grand Prix win taken away from me in Latvia in 2013 because supposidly I changed my line within 30sec to the start. In PWA after you cross the line the race is over and either you’re in or you’re out – no excuses.

BS: If you could apply one rule, what would it be?
If I was the race director I would use the warnings (and eventually fines) more than it is now. And not only for the aftermath. If I punched Cedric I would’ve got fined and maybe suspended eventhough it was just a reaction to an action. So in a situation like this I would definetely at least issue a warning and keep an eye on certain guys who crash into people a bit more then others.

Rutkowski has also launched a new website, go check it out here –


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