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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

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

Big Air, Big Hair

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Shaun White appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for a second time in four years. To say that snowboarding has his the mainstream these days is a major understatement. What better “rock star” personality to placed on the cover than Shaun White. The cover story goes into Shaun’s many interests including guitar, fashion and even a potential skateboarding future.

 

About his future with snowboarding, Shaun says there is definitely a strong possibility we’ll see him again in 2014 but that he really is interested in honing his skateboarding skills and pushing it to become an Olympics trial event soon.

A Hero’s Welcome

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Scott Lago returned home to Seabrook, N.H. receiving a welcome fit for an Olympic hero winning a surprise bronze medal in the men’s half pipe,  Scott Lago was riding high till risqué photos of him and a young woman surfaced on the tabloid website TMZ forcing Lago to leave the Olympics very early. All the news and chatter didn’t seem to sway any of the roughly 8,000 or so Seabrook residents who, through it all firmly stood behind their most famous resident. In fact, Lago received the key to the city after a parade celebrating his victory. I think having Scott Lago leave the Olympics early was a mistake. The situation was blown way out of proportion and we should all be celebrating his victory instead of deriding him, though he should have at the very least exercised a modicum of order. But that’s just me. What do you think?

Shaun White, Stick To Snowboarding

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White is definitely in the limelight these days for all the right reasons. Great Olympic performances, amazing aerials the crowds enjoy and behaving in a seemingly “normal” fashion compared to some of his U.S. snowboarding teammates that have turned the snowboard competition into something of a three ring circus. But, of course, snowboarders always have to do things their own way and recently Shuan White threw his hat into that ring.

 

Apparently moments after Tiger Woods came out with his public apology Shuan White came out with his support for Tiger saying, “I don’t think it takes away from his athletic side… I’m still a big fan of him. Pretty soon we will all realize that he’s still a great guy deep down and he just made some bad calls.” I think in general people, public and private, need to keep their opinions to themselves and not get involved in any of the “politics” surrounding their sport or others. The athletes really have just one job to focus on: winning.

 

By throwing your hat into the ring and offering an opinion on others woes, Shuan White, you risk alienating some of your fans that may not fully agree with your support for Tiger. Is it smart for Shaun White to support Tiger Woods? What do you think?

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