DUNEDIN — The waves may be artificial but the skill is certainly authentic.
Dunedin High sophomore Tate Freeman continues to excel as a nationally competitive flowboarder, a sport that combines elements of surfing, skimboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding.
Freeman’s latest run of success came over Labor Day weekend in New Jersey at the 2013 USA FLOW Tour Finals. Competing in the open Men’s Division, he took first place and qualified for next week’s World Flowboarding Championships at Westin Kierland Resort in Arizona.
Hundreds of riders from the US, Europe, Asia and Canada will be on hand.
To get into national competition, wrote Jen Freeman, Tate’s mother, he traveled around the country from May to September to shred waves as part of the USA Prime FLOW Tour.
Locally, Freeman practices year-round at Surf Style in Clearwater and Fantasy Surf in Kissimmee.
Flowboarding, though his primary athletic focus, isn’t Freeman’s only sport.
The sophomore is also a part of Dunedin coach Marc Allison’s perennially strong wrestling team.