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Kiteboarding Olympic demonstration misfires in Miami

The 2016 Olympics will hold some big changes for the sport of sailing and if the Kiteboard Class has its way the inclusion of Kiteboarding will be one of those changes. The Class is making a big push to put Kiteboard racing in to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and as a prelude to the big show had set up an exhibition race this past weekend as sort of a litmus test. So how did it go? (report from Waterhound.com)

Unfortunately not so well. Racing was scheduled to occur on the backend of the Miami Olympic Class Regatta (OCR) being sailed in Florida’s Key Biscayne bay. With the current 2012 Olympic classes on hand the Kiteboarding class was looking to make its debut in Olympic style course racing. Day one was set to go off on Saturday January 28th, the same day as the final medal rounds would be sailed for the official regatta.

With all other fleets, including the RSX windsurfer, getting off their final medal races it was then up to the Kiteboards to show their stuff. 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. Unconfirmed rumors have the Windsurfer and the Kiteboard locked in an either/or but not both battle for a spot in the 2016 games.

full story http://www.waterhound.com/did-kiteboardings-olympic-hopes-die-this-weeke...

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