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Science of the Flaka

Oct 8, 2009

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In this descriptive video theoretical physicist Dr. Tony Warwick explains some key scientific concepts inherent in the windsurfing freestyle move the Flaka. The objective of this interview is not to create a "how to" manual for the Flaka or even to discuss technique, but rather to set the stage for an informal dicussion of physics. We use an example video taken by Kris Ostness of Rob Warwick (Dr. Warwick's son) doing the flaka and in the video interview Dr. Warwick in order to illustrate the points. The center of effort and the quality of rotation are explored.

In the second video we let Rob Warwick hear what his father has had to say and comment from the point of view of a professional freestyle windsurfer.
- Zoe C. Najim

 

Zoe Najim interviews Dr. Warwick about the Flaka:


 

Pro windsurfer Rob Warwick discusses Dr. Warwick's points in the previous video:


 

(Note: Credit correction - Rider on Windwing is Nick Allen)


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