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Windsurfing AND kiteboarding as a team event in the Olympics in 2016?

As the politicking continues and the national interests continue to dominate over the future of the sport the possibility of having a mixed discipline has also surfaced.

Response to Bruce Kendall on Kiteboarding and the Olympics

Mr. Kendall recently reflected on Kiteboarding being too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Sailing Regatta.
While we appreciate and deeply respect his achievements as a world champion windsurfer, Olympic medalist and Olympic coach, we strongly disagree with his clearly skewed view on the dangers of modern-day kiteboarding and it's unworthiness to be included in the Olympics.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding still head to head for 2016 Olympics

An important step has been taken today for Kiteboarding being part of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. The ISAF events committee confirmed on their mid-year meeting in St. Petersburg, that Kiteboarding will be evaluated alongside windsurfing for both men and women, with a decision to be taken in November 2012. With a full-on battle between the dinghies and the keelboat lobby, the boards issue was only a secondary area of interest for the delegated from all over the world.

ISAF meeting to decide Olympic makeup : the lunatics move to take over the asylum?

Part 1 of a 2 part review of the fraught process as ISAF try to arrive at a consensus on the Olympic event composition. The ISAF’s dropping of the multihull for the 2012 Olympics, was not well received, and looks set to be righted in 2016. The nonsense of bracketing Windsurfing with Kiteboarding remains to be resolved.

Bruce Kendall: Kiteboarding is too dangerous for the Olympics

I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have a leap of faith and replace windsurfing with kite surfing' tops the lot. They may have been seduced by the high numbers of recreational kite boarders around or kite boarders’ impressive speeds and jumps. In my opinion anyone supporting kite surfing in the Olympic Games is ignoring a number of serious issues relating to the sport.

Barbara Kendall nominated for membership of the IOC

A former windsurfing champion from New Zealand, a canoeing official from Spain and Argentina's national Olympic committee chief are in line to become members of the IOC. The IOC executive board on Wednesday nominated three new members for election at the International Olympic Committee general assembly in Durham, South Africa, in July. The candidates are: Barbara Kendall, who competed for New Zealand in windsurfing at five Olympics and won a gold medal in 1992, Argentina Olympic Committee president Gerardo Werthein and International Canoe Federation president Jose Perurena.

New Zealand contingent in Mallorca, Spain for ISAF Sailing World Cup

A strong contingent of New Zealand’s Olympic class sailors are in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the third of seven regattas which make up the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup. Tom Ashley is the only board sailor representing New Zealand.

Yachting New Zealand says include Windsurfing AND Kite-Boarding in the Olympics

YNZ believes that both events have a place in modern Olympic sailing and that introducing kite-boarding without eliminating wind-surfing would build the appeal of the sport for media and spectators – a key concern of the Olympic Commission Report. YNZ proposed in its submission that ISAF should promote kite-boarding to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a new sailing event for 2020 and that the sport be introduced to Olympic class events as early as late 2011.

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.

YNZ announces team for 2011 Olympic Test Event - no RS:X sailors selected yet

Yachting New Zealand’s appointed selectors have met to decide the New Zealand Team of sailors to compete at the Olympic Test Event Regatta in Weymouth from 1st – 14th August 2011. Representatives have been announced in seven of the ten Olympic classes with announcements in the remaining three classes to be made following June’s Sail for Gold Regatta, also on in Weymouth.

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