If you haven't watched the Waterski Nation Trick ski contest on Instagram, it is awesome! Unique-flowing tricks, anything goes, 10 sec run. The ability to display unique style and creativeness seemed to breath some new life into tricking, not that it was dead, but a breath of fresh air, it got guys like @FWinter
back out on the tricker.
One different than the norm thing that's being done are Air flips, or flips with no wake. Dylan Schaffer just posted one of the most solid I've seen. These are not credited tricks in USA-WS/IWWF.
1) Why are they not credited tricks if they are so commonly done? (and b/c they don't use a wake is not an answer)
2) What history if any is there regarding these tricks? (I know of air/wake-less tricks from wakeboarding, as they used to be a necessity in Pro runs back in the 90's)
3) What would be the issue/downside with adding these Air flips as credited-unique tricks?
It seems incorporating the ability to do these tricks in competitive runs could do similar to what the Waterski Nation video contest has done; enhance tricking's creativeness and innovate new sequence options.