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Dunedin High junior wins flowboarding competition


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— The mantel at the Freeman household is running out of room.

Tate Freeman, a junior at Dunedin High School, is one of the country’s premier performers in the sport of flowboarding.

Riding on his home wave at Surf Style FlowRider in Clearwater Beach, Freeman won the 2014 North American FLOW Tour Junior Division championship two weekends ago.

The teen nearly came away with two first-place trophies, but settled for second place in the all-ages Open Division after losing to the Utah’s Jake Chipman, whom he beat for the Junior Division title.

Flowboarding is performed by riding an artificial, continuous wave created by a specially designed machine. It combines elements of surfing, wakeboarding and skimboarding.

Freeman travels around the country to compete in events and qualified for the World Flowboarding Championships last year in Arizona after winning a national title in New Jersey.

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