For the uninitiated that’s a triple forward loop, rotating end-over-end three times in the air and landing so that you can sail away and live to tell the tale, and that's what Philip Köster, the 19-year-old prodigy says he is 85% of the way to completing.
“I’m 80-85% (of the way there),” Köster says matter-of-factly. “I think I’ve got the height and also the rotation, now I just need to do it. I’ve tried it. I just need the right conditions. It will happen in Gran Canaria (where his German parents raised him). Last year I was 50-60%. I’ve been doing a lot of doubles and some really high stalled ones and I think now I’m controlling them. I feel safe.”
Köster is redefining the art of the possible. The g-force he will be experiencing 30ft up in the air rotating at that speed is the same as a fighter pilot. If he makes the triple he will start ascending into the company of the greats: a Usain Bolt, a Nadia Comaneci, a Bob Beamon, a Greg Louganis, a Robby Naish.
At a time when some of his peers are starting back at university, Philip Köster, the 19-year-old prodigy says he is 85% of the way to completing what has become windsurfing’s latest holy grail – the triple forward. For the uninitiated that’s a triple forward loop, rotating end-over-end three times in the air and landing so that you can sail away and live to tell the tale.
Has he hurt himself trying to do it? “Not really, just my back hitting the water hard,” he says. “I think I hurt my back on once, my vertebrae, I was twisted and I couldn’t breathe properly. I waited two days, and I thought it would be alright, but it was hurting when surfing, I think I should have been waiting longer, like two weeks."