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ISAF Olympic Committee reconsidering windsurfing decision

The ISAF is currently meeting in Dublin, and the controversial windsurfing vs kiteboarding decision is very much on the agenda. The Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Committee proposed a new compromise of mixed windsurfing and mixed kiteboarding (male/female) events. In its attempt to keep everyone happy the committee has arrived at a result which will please no one and probably do both sports a disservice, not to mention reducing rather than increasing participation, particularly by smaller countries, the very group it's supposed to help.
Meanwhile the Events committee has recommended that the original decision be overturned - a much more sensible approach, and an opportunity to get kiteboarding into the Olympics in a much better managed way.

Yachting New Zealand Statement: The Board Sailing Debate

The ISAF Annual Conference being held on 1st -11th November in Ireland will hold special interest for supporters of windsurfing and kite boarding, with the ISAF Council to decide whether the decision on Kite-Board Racing’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games is to be re-visited.

The ISAF Council is the decision making body of ISAF and is made up of representatives elected by 12 groups of countries, known as Areas. Each country in the Area has one vote in determining matters before Council.

RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - preview

The 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships are due to start in Penghu, Chine Taipei in just 3 short weeks (Oct 20 - 27th) with 65 athletes registered from 17 countries and 5 continents, this is the first time that such a high level youth championship has been staged in Asia by the RS:X Class. Penghu has an awesome reputation for strong wind conditions and flat water so the race track should be fast and smooth.

To assist the RS:X Class in their efforts to focus the spotlight on high level youth windsurf racing in Asia, Neil Pryde has generously provided 60 sets of free charter equipment with the freight costs being shared by the event organiser and the class.

ISAF Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Committee Agenda - Olympic decision revisited

The Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Committee will meet on Sunday 4 November 2012 at the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland to consider a large number of submissions on the earlier selection of kiteboarding over windsurfing for Rio 2016. The submissions themselves make interesting reading (see below) as they are more considered (less emotive) than the discussions that have been taking place in the media, including social media.

Windsurfing is awesome - kids and parents watch this!

RIO 2016: The RS:X Class takes the ISAF decision to court

Since the ISAF Mid Year Meeting and the narrow vote to deselect windsurfing and the RS:X for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, the class has been working on many levels to get this decision reversed under the direction of its crisis management group within the Executive Committee

The opinion of our legal team is that the decision was perverse and unfair and so accordingly we have issued a claim for Judicial Review [dated August 1st 2012] in the High Court in London which had to be lodged within 3 months of the date of the decision on May 5th

2012 Olympic Mens RS:X Windsurfing - J P Tobin - news and results

Jon-Paul Tobin is the New Zealand Olympic Sailing - RS:X Windsurfing representative. 3rd at the World Champs, he's a top contender for a medal.
Final result:JP Tobin remained consistent finishing 7th overall. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (netherlands) his training partner won the event easily, and the other member of the team Zachary Plavsic (Canada) finished 8th behind JP. A great effort, the end of an era? Follow this link for more information.

Xanthe Bowater reports from Sopot, Poland

Hi to you all and welcome to the journey. Sorry it has taken me a few days to finally get you up to date with what is happening,but it has been a busy and fairly tiring time. This last month has been a bit of a roller coaster for me having fractured my ankle at hockey, but with great medical support I have healed exceptionally fast with the plaster coming off last Tuesday. Although this was a blow to my training program I have been going to Contours almost everyday and with great physic support from Vanessa and Chealsea I am well on the way to 100%.

J P Tobin - New Zealand RS:X windsurfing representative at the 2012 Olympics - video profile

Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote (

Gladwell's Line: Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May, to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. The players, the sequence of events, the consequences ... (these are excerpts from a full analysis by Richard Gladwell on - the full article is worth reading.

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