Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Gordon held the title of World Freestyle Champion from 1984 through 1988. The 1990's ushered in a new era of freestyle competition. New factory hull designs, (wider & longer hull configurations), customized hull/tray modifications, and more powerful engines, were contributing factors that influenced a shift from "finesse" or "gymnastics" style maneuvers to aerial based stunts. Names like Scott "Hollywood" Watkins and Jeff Kantz, helped pave the way into the new "style" of freestyle competition. Stunts like the aerial "back flip" and the "barrel roll", which Jeff Kantz invented and Rick Roy perfected, became staples in freestyle competition events.