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1 May 2002, 11:31 am
Freestyle Windsurfing is a Hit with Spectators
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Ten thousand people came to watch the show at the Neusiedler See, a lake located 30 minutes from Vienna, Austria.

Freestyle at its best was shown by 32 riders from 12 countries. Strong wind from both sides (west and east) made it a very complete competition. The riders pulled out unbelievable tricks like clew first spock 540 variations, grubbies, newly invented moves like the Swayze (a flay water Taka) from Web Pedrick, Diabolos, flat water Goyters, all kinds of Willy Skipper variations and also a wide range of classic moves like 360s,backwind jibes, body drags and speed loops.

Some of the riders had a strong come back, like the inventor of the King of the Lake Alex Humpel (Neil Pryde/JP)(4th place),the Austrian who now lives in Maui, Michi Schweiger (Naish/Naish)(5th place equal) and the Italian champion Raimondo Gasperini (Fanatic) (5th place equal).

The top three riders however were going off in a spectacular way. US Freestyle rider Web Pedrick in his powerful and complete-disregard-of-danger style was chasing the two el Yaque based riders Diony Guadagnino (Neil Pryde/JP) and Remko de Weerd (Gaastra/AHD). Diony showed that he improved a lot since his win at the King of the Lake 2000 and that he is a serious threat to all riders this year. The winner Remko de Weerd (Gaastra/AHD) however is amongst worlds best freestyle riders due to his amazing technical skills and he showed that he can pull out his tricks with all sail sizes and that he is one of the riders who will battle for the Freestyle World title 2002.

Final Results

1. Remko de Weerd (Gaastra/AHD)
2. Diony Guadagnino (Neil Pryde/JP)
3. Web Pedrick (North Sails/AHD)
4. Alex Humpel (Neil Pryde/JP)
5. Michi Schweiger (Naish/Naish) equal with
5. Raimondo Gasperini (Fanatic)
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