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Windsurfing Presentation Event

Following the culmination of the windsurfing event at the ISAF World Championship in Cadiz, there is a unique opportunity for all sailors to participate in the ISAF windsurfing Presentation Event.In March 2003, ISAF invited submissions from sailboard manufacturers to
offer a new and exciting step forward in the evolution of Olympic
Windsurfing, welcoming any new design concepts put forward. In introducing
the trials, ISAF wished to encourage all manufacturers to think "outside
the box", with the possibility that a new design could also lead to a new
and improved format; that could include slalom and/or marathon racing
(although formats that require objective judges, is similar to figure
skating, are excluded).

A two-stage approach has been adopted for the assessment of equipment,
with the preliminary Presentation Event in September 2003 in Cadiz,
followed by the more formal Evaluation Event in Spring 2004 in Torbole,
Italy.

Being held from 22-24 September at Puerto Sherry, the Presentation Event
will feature six board manufacturers including Exocet, Boards and More,
Starboard, Bic Sport, Austrian Board Project, and Neil Pryde. The
participation of these manufacturers does not exclude other manufacturers
from participating in the Spring Evaluation Event, and interested
manufacturers must indicate their intent to participate in the Evaluation
Event to the ISAF Secretariat by 1 February 2004.

This is a perfect opportunity for windsurfers to become involved with the
development of the sport and its future inclusion in the 2008 Olympic
Games. Manufacturers will have boards available to be trialled. Proposals
and recommendations will be received from industry representatives and
sailors are invited to have their say on what the future holds in the lead
up time to the 2008 Games.

Further information and the formal invitation to the Presentation Event
and Evaluation Event is available at: www.sailing.org/technical/windsurfinginvitationrevised.pdf

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