Listen, we all know that the sport of freestyle is evolving at a faster rate than ever imagined. The advances in materials and technology used on these machines is seconded only by the amazing athleticism of these riders. Today’s freestyle routines are unlike anything conceived even a decade earlier.
As aftermarket hull and engine builders continue to create, develop and produce some amazing products, we’re watching athletes test their mettle in new and exciting ways. Lee Stone’s “scarecrow” maneuver executed only a couple of years ago at the IJSBA World Finals, which was first perfected by wave-riding freeriders in the surf, is now a watermark trick expected by some of the world’s best.
Now, we think we’ve found the next big thing: the “reverse cowboy” backwards-facing backflip on an X2. No, we’re not joking. Performed by Takaaki Murao, the Chiba, Japan resident works at Jet Sports Entrance in the same district of Tokyo. Takaaki is already a world-established freerider who regularly executes some incredibly articulate moves while riding the waves on his SuperJet, but this time took to flatwater on a heavily modded Kawasaki X2 to wow onlookers.
Watch for yourself HERE: