Australian Windsurfing Championship: Tandems on show in freestyle event

The second day of the Australian Windsurfing Championship began with clear skies, light winds and 25 degree-heat, and while some riders were warming up still sore from the previous day of racing, the flat water was the perfect set up for freestyle action.

Riders were briefed in the morning and told to prepare for the freestyle event. It is a unique and renowned element of windsurfing events where riders perform choreographed routines in front of a panel of judges.

Each rider has three minutes to execute their best manoeuvres on a freestyle course set in front of the Parkdale Yacht Club, allowing spectators the best vantage points.

A 77 year-old, a father-son duo and a double women’s duo were among those taking on the tandem riding with some impressive stunts. There were also a number of creative costumes brought in by contestants that added extra points for style.

Close racing was on display – Harry Fisher pic

A great way to kick off the second day, complete with loads of spectators eagerly watching from the beach.

By noon, riders were preparing for afternoon racing with a south-westerly sea breeze filling in and providing near perfect conditions for the fleet.

The cruiser division, another great initiative for the class, successfully completed its one-lap races, while the remainder of the fleet continued on for the second lap.

The event is proudly sponsored by Vaikobi, SurfLogic, ivadore, Mobium Group and Windgenuity, as well as significant support from the Victorian Government.

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