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Windsurfing, Kiteboarding Or Both At The Olympics

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Windsurfing, kiteboarding or both? The sailing world is counting the days until the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) decides which regatta classes will be heading to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Which will be the newest Olympic event?

Which will be the newest Olympic event?

 

After several lobbying actions, consultations, background analysis and public support letters, it’s time to take decisions. On the 8th May, ISAF will reveal and deliberate who will smile in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.

 

Everything can happen. Windsurfers believe they can sail in all wind conditions and can promise tight races and dramatic finishes. The RS:X class also says that windsurfing is a secure and TV-friendly sport with a consolidated tradition in the Olympic Games.

 

Kiteboarders promise action, speed, adrenaline and competitive contests. The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKA) has worked hard to gather a broad support from VIP’s like Richard Branso, the Virgin mogul and intrepid kiteboarder.

 

A total of 65 urgent submissions have been received by the ISAF. These submissions will be considered by the Events Committee and the ISAF Council alongside three submissions deferred from the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference relating to Olympic Class World Championships.

 

The ISAF Council will be taking the final decisions at the Astoria Hotel, in St Petersburg, Russia. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarding On Snow

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Snowboarding + kiteboarding = one cool sport

Snowboarding + kiteboarding = one cool sport

 

The best kiteboarders in the world are already invited to a thrilling winter challenge. The 2011 Red Bull Ragnarok will gather 200 riders from the five continents to battle in the icy cliffs of Hardangervidda, in Norway.

 

With strong winds and negative temperatures the competition tests the physical and mental performances of any professional kiteboarders. Add snow and vertical mountains and meet “Ragnarok”, a true legend from the Norse mythology where the a battle between the good and the evil gods is only for the toughest.

 

Ruben Lenten and Aaron Hadlow were some of the stars which attended the event last year. The snow kiteboarding contest is a three-hour race of 20 kilometres.

 

Round after round, the weakest will always be eliminated, until “Ragnarok” crowns the grand champion of the white snow.

 

Endurance is the key to success. Only the fittest and the strongest may cross the finishing line and obstacles are everywhere. Source: SurferToday

Windsurfers And Kiteboarders Fight For Olympic Bid

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Which will be the newest Olympic sport? Kiteboarding or windsurfing?

Which will be the newest Olympic sport? Kiteboarding or windsurfing?

 

Windsurfers and kiteboarders are in the middle of a silent fight. Not that they wanted to be in this position, but following the last ISAF recommendations, there may be only one ticket for one place in the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

The question is simple. The ISAF Events Committee’s recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016 has set what may happen: “Board or kite-board for men and women – equipment evaluation”.

 

The word “or” is quite clear. So, things might be seen through two different lenses: windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games “or” kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.

 

Now, it may all be a question of lobbying. The International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) will be playing their cards to the last decisive moment. But, in the aftermath of this silent war, ISAF should do a bit more to get both classes in the main stage of world sports. Source: SurferToday

Surf And Snow Trash The Dress

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Nicky and Steve got married on September 4, 2009 in Newquay, Cornwall (UK). The day after their wedding they went surfing with some of their guests in her wedding dress. Great photos as you can see courtesy of Kyle Perison @ http://freetoflaunt.com

 

The photographer this incredible photoshoot was Khalile Siddique. Check out his work @ http://khalilesiddiquiphotography.com

 

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Nicky and Steve look really stoked to snowboard in wedding attire.

 

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Nicky looking radiant in her amazing wedding dress.

 

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Catching a wave was never so much fun. The expression on her face says it all.

 

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The dress still looks very good despite its “trashed” state.

 

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Hang ten Nicky. This “trash the dress” photo session looked like the most fun from all that I have seen.

 

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Bride and surfboard both looking awesome. I really love looking at Nicky. She just seems so happy and relaxed.

Summer Snowboarding

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Coronet Peak, New Zealand

Coronet Peak, New Zealand

 

The weather is really warming up here in the Northern Hemisphere, but way down south it’s the start of snowboarding season. I know most of you snowboarders out there can’t wait for the brisk coolness of winter to come, so with that in mind, I offer you a nice cool wintry peek from Coronet Peak in New Zealand. Coronet Peak offers some great June, July, August “winter” fun. Maybe during our warm months we should trek on over to the south and enjoy some snowboarding fun.

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