MinggIf and when the sport becomes more developed I think it would be cool to have like a best trick comp like they do with snowmobiling and motoX. Like I said in the OP I think it could potentially be cool one day. Maybe not in the X-Games, but I think the sport definitely could become big.
That's a cool idea. Surf conditions would definitely make for an awesome freestlye show. Flatwater is pretty boring to watch, IMO. The current system is a 2 minute routine, much like slopestyle in skiing, where the final score is determined by adding the three judges scores on a 0.0-10.0 scale.
The sport (racing & freestyle) was huge in the 80's and 90's and dropped off substantially in the early 2000's. There used to be ESPN coverage on the sport with tens of thousands of people showing up to the events to watch. Now, only a few hundred watch each event, and usually it's because they're already lounging on the beach and happen to go over and check it out. We're working on getting the sport back on track in terms of popularity, and it's sure gonna help that this video went viral on facebook.