An interesting video has been doing the rounds this week of Jake Stone pushing the boundaries on his Bodyboard, being towed by Ski straight into an appealing little sidewave. The speed generated and the ideal launch pad allow for some pretty impressive results. Take a look at the video below this article.
There is no denying there are some serious skills involved here, I mean have you ever tried being towed on a sponge in the first place? Its harder than it looks and then there is trying to keep the board under control when it is skipping off the wave face but I wonder if you can really class this as Bodyboarding? A little controversial maybe but hear me out.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love the opportunity to have a crack at this and if the opportunity arises I will be all over it like a rash, but until Jake pulls the double loop off under flipper power alone I feel a little cheated, surely most people in that same situation could do something a little crazy? Jake is more than an accomplished rider and has proven himself many times over but when I see footage like this my heart sinks a little as I fear for those little gem spots we all know and love being carved up by skis and any Tom, Dick or Harry boosting themselves skywards with no real skills under their belts. OK maybe that’s a little hysterical, but do skis have a place in the shallows?
Maybe its just when you are as talented as Jake and have ridden so many perfect waves that you are always chasing the next buzz and looking for the next level and this could well develop into a whole new area of the sport – But is it Bodyboarding? Does Jake need fins on anymore if there is a ski on hand to shuttle you back into position and tow you into the next wave? Could dynamic short burst high-octane airs be the future for Bodyboarding? Take a look at how Motocross has developed from the hazy days when Evel Kneivel was jumping a few buses to the balls out, crazy arsed, bike twirling sport it is now. Maybe Bodyboarding needs pioneers like Jake to raise the bar and develop it into an even more appealing spectator sport? Once Redbull get hold of this who knows where it can go!
Let us know what you think of Jakes double loop, could it catch on and what move would you like to see Jake attempting next?