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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 As An Olympic Event?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Will we see kiteboarding in the Olympics?

Will we see kiteboarding in the Olympics?

 

The race for a 2016 Olympic Games’ ticket is fired up. Surfers, kiteboarders and windsurfers are lobbying hard to make history for their sports. Will they make it to Rio de Janeiro? The question is raised every week, from various sources.

 

This time, our friends at Waterhound.com have published an article saying that the Kiteboard Class prelude exhibition race didn’t go well. It all happened in the Miami Olympic Class Regatta. After the RS:X windsurf races, it was kiteboarders time to shine. “With winds in the 6 mph range some kiteboards were able to get out and sail in an amazing display of just how far the Kiteboarding race gear has evolved over the last few years. However, with lulls dropping to near 2mph, and sometimes less, it just simply wasn’t going to happen”, tells Waterhound.com.

 

With non-cooperative winds, competing kiteboarders were deeply frustrated. So, the author of the article says it’s bad fortune for the Kiteboard Class and even for the RS:X Class, defending that the Star and/or Tornado are well positioned in the race for the last sports ticket to be given away for Rio de Janeiro.

 

The end is nigh, but nothing is decided yet. One thing is certain, one’s happiness should not be other’s angst. Surfers and sailors must keep united. Because, as Ben Okri once wrote, “our future is greater than our past”. 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

Heavyweight Boxers Support Kiteboarding Olympic Bid

Friday, September 10th, 2010
It's a family affair. Both Klitschko brothers support kiteboarding as an Olympic event

It's a family affair. Both Klitschko brothers support kiteboarding as an Olympic event

 

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, holding three out of four world heavyweight boxing titles, have committed to support the IKA’s campaign for inclusion as a sailing event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Both Klitschko brothers are avid Kiteboarders since several years and happy join the family of Olympic Ambassadors. IKA’s Olympic Campaign is aiming to include kiteboard racing as one of ten sailing events of the 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Already now the campaign is carrying a lot of momentum. The Klitschko Brothers join an august group of personalities such as Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson (GBR), double Olympic Medalist Michael Gebhardt (USA) and Neil Pryde (NZL), founder and managing director of one of the world’s biggest players in sailboat racing as well as the top athletes of the sport like triple KiteRacing world champion Steph Bridge (GBR), 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin Boese (GER), the current KiteRacing World Ranking Leader Bruno Sroka (FRA) and many more. The International Olympic Committee stated at the 2009 Olympic Congress in Copenhagen that the Olympic Movement must strive to reach out to youth around the world.

 

Kiteboarding can be found on every beach worldwide and is practiced by hundreds of thousands of people globally. Kiteboarding is universal and has a strong following among women and youth on the highest levels. It is inexpensive to practice and enjoys a strong following as a recreational water sport. Source: http://surfertoday.com

Wave Sports Battle For Olympic Games

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Every sport dreams of securing an eternal place in the Olympic Games. The action sports never quite had the chance to stay for two consecutive events. There is only one exception. There are four mainstream ocean wave sports: surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and bodyboarding.

 

Windsurfing was the one and only to get there. In 1984, the individual sailing sport conquered the golden place in the Summer Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, USA. The Neil Pryde RS:X is the current Olympic windsurfing class. But, the question remains? Who’s next? The race is quite tight, at the moment.

 

Surfing has been lobbying for so long, but never finished the deal. The ISA’s top executive works very hard to get it right, but fate is always changing the last minute hopes. Rio de Janeiro 2016 is a great opportunity. Let’s see if surfing finishes the wave properly. And, yes, kiteboarders have worked quickly and in an efficient way. IKA has Richard Branson back supporting the class and the power of ISAF to help kiteboarding reach its desire.

 

In the last place of the race, we have bodyboarding. The sport is very popular throughout the world, but never really “wanted” it. Why shouldn’t IBA give it a try? Source: http://surfertoday.com

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