FLOWBOARDING: European Championships star Adam Wildman on crest of a wave
AN Adlington sportsman is celebrating after winning the European Championships.
Adam Wildman, aged 18, from the Gold Coast in Queensland, has been doing one of the world’s fastest growing sports for the past three years.
Flowboarding – or flowriding – takes place on an artificial or man-made wave that can either be ridden upon with a stand-up board or body board.
He first fell in love with the sport when he came across it in the USA and since then has enjoyed relative success.
He came second in the Pro Bodyboard event in Singapore, despite being the least experienced competitor.
But he went one better at the European Championships, staged at the Xscape complex in Castleford, West Yorkshire last week.
Speaking about the event, he said: “It was great to become a champion.
“The main reason that I have stayed over here in England is because it is the best place to be doing the sport.
“I want to give myself a great chance of being successful.
“It was an amazing result and there were quite a few riders who were more experienced than me.
“It means that I will be heading to Arizona for the world Championships in October.”
Wildman insists he will be going to the tournament hopeful of success.
“It is going to be part of a learning curve for me because I will be up against some of the best in the world.”
Wildman believes his trip to America could be a chance to boost knowledge about the sport in the United Kingdom.
He said: “The sport is growing but I want to do my bit to try to get people knowing about it.
“It is such a fun activity and if you love adrenalin-rushing sport then it could be for you.
“Who knows, if I become a world champion then everyone might want to do it?”