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Neil Pryde - a brief history and opinions on kites at the Olympics

Will kites fly at the Olympics? - Sail World talk to Neil Pryde about his career, his company and the future of kites at the Olympics ...

The 2016 Olympic board? If Neil Pryde have a say in it.

The RS:X Evolution program will feature a lighter board which will perform as fast as the Formula or large Slalom boards and will remain the cheapest sailing boat with the most consistent performance within the Olympic sailing scene. Also a new updated more powerful rig, with a bigger wind range and featuring an extremely colorful fresh new look.

Win a copy of Neil Pryde's 'Will to Win' personally signed by Neil Pryde

The specially signed copy for Christchurch has been sold, but don't worry, you can still get your copy!.
For the 2011-2012 season one lucky member of Windsurfing New Zealand will receive a personally signed copy of Neil Prydes book 'Will to Win'.To become a member of Windsurfing New Zealand you can either join directly or join your local affiliated windsurfing club and ask them to notify Windsurfing NZ. Along with all the benefits you'll then go into the draw for this superb book ... more about joining Windsurfing NZ.

Neil Pryde withdraws support for kitesurfing as an Olympic event, is he protecting his investment?

Mr. Neil Pryde has released the following message regarding his support for kitesurfing as an Olympic event:
"I have been acting as an Ambassador for the IKA in order to assist Kitesurfing in its objective to attain Olympic Event status. I have now withdrawn my endorsement of the IKA Campaign because it is my view that Kitesurfing has not yet developed the rules of competition and disciplines that must be demonstrated to qualify Kitesurfing as an Olympic Event."
With a foot in both camps, and a big investment in Olympic windsurfing, Neil must have been caught a bit off balance by the move to choose either windsurfing or kitesurfing rather than both.

RS:One - a video interview with Neil Pryde

Don't worry about the commercial hype, listen to what Neil has to say about the target market for RS:One, the gap between the kids on Techno293 and the RS:X, the yacht clubs, the social racing and the girls/women. This aligns with the goals that Windsurfing NZ has been pushing. Click the title to haer (and see) Neil.

Rio 2016: It's Time To Bite The Bullet - windsurfing at the Olympics

The deadline for making submissions to the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in St.Petersburg, Russia is 1200hrs UTC on March 10th. The statistics show that there are 2.9 million windsurfers in Germany alone. Extrapolate that world wide and it's easy to come to the conclusion that there are more windsurfers on the planet that any other sort of sailor. The bad news is that there are supposedly serious and responsible people within ISAF who think that windsurfing and kiteboarding should be combined into one event as a biathlon. If this was not so serious, it would be laughable. Both the windsurfing and the kiteboarding communities are strongly against this idea. Small and emerging sailing nations will be quick to understand that this will double the cost of the 'boards' medal and exclude a lot of them because they either don't have a kitesurfer or a windsurfer worthy of a place in the Games.

Windsurfing Game

screen shot from gameIn partnership with 'Windsurfing MMX' Neil Pryde bring you an exclusive demo windsurfing game where you can test out the 2010 Fly from the comfort of your own chair. Enjoy the ride!

Olympics 2012: RS:X or Formula?

At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. While a lighter planing board would be welcomed by many athletes, it seems there are a lot of factors to consider.

2008 Olympic Regatta: A few words from Neil Pryde

"I am a New Zealander and I have lived in Hong Kong for more than 45 years. The RS:X gold medals going to China and New Zealand gives me a tremendous feeling of pride and personal satisfaction from the NEILPRYDE involvement in Olympic Sailing, the pinnacle of the sport” said Mr. Neil Pryde following the medal race.

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