This week one of the craziest tricks we've ever seen dropped on our screens. There is big debate about it at the moment amongst many of the top riders, a lot are really questioning the fact that there was actually no wind, no windsurf board and a mega starting ramp. Nonetheless apparent wind was there, a windsurf sail and one rider (Anton Munz) with big balls.
So we got access to the video and spoke to two of the best freestyle windsurfers in the world who we knew would have a thing or two to say about this shifty like move.
As a little injury update for those interested, Steven Van Broeckhoven is working hard to be fit for the PWA again this year. Unfortunately he tells us that the specialists say it is 99.99% unlikely that he will be ready for Fuerteventura, well there is always that 0.01% chance. The injury, which was pretty heavy, happened during an air kabikuchi on his bad side. Becoming overpowered during the move, Steven tells us that he tried to abort by going into a forward loop and then letting his feet out the straps, unfortunately the back foot was stuck in. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the water very soon.
BM: Yehaaa. Sick one! I mean it's nice to see what's still possible with those small sails in our hands.
SVB: Sick rotation. The guys go full power crazy on that ramp, Flo Jung has done some pretty crazy moves on that ramp in the past.
BS: So what would you guys call the move exactly?
BM: To me it looks like Anton is going through some crazy triple cork like rotation, if you break it down then it looks quite like a pasko into shifty.
SVB: Yeah I think this is a pasko into shifty all in one move.
Steven stuck the first shifty at the start of this year, thanks to some inspiration from Balz Müller a couple years back.
BS: What do you think about the wind/no wind side of it?
BM: I already tried a similar air rotation with the pasko into shifty and as we know from pushloop forwards we are able to stop a hyper-fast rotation and accelerate quickly back the other way, so it's all just a matter of height and going crazy but I think 3 back rotations would be easier than front.
What's cool about this move is that he can do it even in no wind, I'm sure we (as windsurfers) are gonna land them also in normal wave conditions soon.
SVB: It's quite like tow-in, some moves are actually easier with no wind to keep on spinning. In wind I think this move would be quite different, and to say you have control of that rotation would be a very very hard thing to do. Maybe easier is pushloop into shifty, something like this.