The wave 360 has long been a favourite with the World’s most elite windsurfers, but with the advent of new aerial moves in recent years, is it still the move of the moment?
We asked a handful of top riders which move they believed to be the most satisfying for them whilst free sailing. With the competition season well and truly over, these could well be the moves that will be caught on camera and plastered throughout the magazines this winter.
Over to the sailors to explain their choices:
Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, DaKine):
“I love the backside 360. As a move, it’s fun, and when you’re floating around on the lip, it kinda feels surfy.”
If you’re not sure what a backside 360 looks like, then follow this link HERE to watch Dario Ojeda (Simmer, DaKine, MFC, Mormaii) perform the move in Gran Canaria.
Klass Voget (Fanatic, NeilPryde, MFC)
“For me it’s got to be the Wave 360. It’s one of the classics and at the same time one of the most fluid and difficult moves.”
Check out Voget nailing a nice wave 360 HERE
Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde)
“I love the Pushloop Table Top at the moment, it feels great to me to fly up in the air and then float around up on top of the sail. On the wave, I think my favourite move is the wave 360. You can't beat getting the timing right on that one and coming out faster than you went in back down the wave!”
You can watch Swift and the rest of the JP/NeilPryde team rotating around numerous jumps including the pushloop table top HERE
Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC, Mormaii)
“My favourite move at the moment is the air taka, because it’s a mix of pure wave riding with a trick that’s performed in the air.”
You can watch Levi Siver (Goya, DaKine, MFC) perform what was thought to be a cross between an air taka and a goita HERE
Victor Fernadez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
“I enjoy rotating around wave 360s. I find them very stylish, and it’s also my favourite because of the difficulty of the move.”
Josh Angulo (Angulo, MauiSails, DaKine)
"One handed top turn, wether it be off the lip, carve or aerial. To really sail one handed in the critical part is complicated and adds a strong sense of style which feels amazing."
So that’s 3 out of 6 top wave sailors that still prefer the age old classic, the wave 360. Tune in to www.pwaworldtour.com again soon for more question time with the pros.