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Kitesurfing Would Bring 'Urban Sport' Feel To Olympics Says ISAF

13th October 2013
Kitesurfing Would Bring 'Urban Sport' Feel To Olympics Says ISAF

#Kitesurfing - Kitesurfing would add an 'urban sport' feel to the Olympic programme and should be reconsidered for inclusion in future Olympic Games.

That's the message according to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in the minutes of its recent Executive Committee meeting in Paris (available as a PDF to read or download HERE).

In his report on recent activities, ISAF president Carlo Croce related that a "constructive meeting" had taken place with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a view to the possibility of adding kitesurfing to the list of Olympic sports in future.

On a similar note, a decision was taken to send a letter to the organisers of the Mediterranean Games asking them to consider hosting kitesurfing at their next event in Spain in 2017.

The ISAF's interest in kitesurfing is no surprise, given last year's move to include the new sport at the Rio Games in 2016 at the expense of windsurfing, only for the decision to be reversed at the federation's AGM in Dun Laoghaire last November amid accusations over the new sport's allegedly 'dangerous' reputation.

That was something of a bitter blow at the time to Claudine Murphy - sister of Olympic hero Annalise - who had been campaigning in the new class.

However, she has since teamed with Andrea Brewster to challenge for a spot in the 49er FX skiff class - and hopefully make it a sister act with her younger Laser-racing sibling in Brazil less than three years from now.

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  • Comment Link Jade OConnor 5th November 2013 posted by Jade OConnor

    @Chad There was a test event with ISAF present in Santander last year, The event committee had no problem with adding the class, and running events along side other classes. Kites have raced several times at ISAF class events (Sail Auckland / Sail Melbourne etc). The issue for ISAF MNA"S at general assembly was it shouldn't be in the class rooster at the expense of Windsurfing, which is a fair point.
    @Michael Joseph You'd be surprised by the wealth of experience within the committee of the the IKA. check out the profile of some of the people and you might find that they run ISAF events of the highest caliber and are well used to sit down type sailing, ocean racing event, match racing etc etc

  • Comment Link Andrew 23rd October 2013 posted by Andrew

    I can't beleive there's people so ignorant.
    Kiteboard Course Racing is the most high performance class for the price. We are faster than moths, 49ers, 18's, AC45, and at times equaling speeds of AC72's.
    You can be full speed planning 18 knots in only 5 or 6 knots!!!

  • Comment Link Michael Joseph 18th October 2013 posted by Michael Joseph

    If you watched the Kite-board racing in San Francisco during the "Summer of sailing" event you would see how feasible it is NOT.
    Whoever is pushing for inclusion in the Olympics is not a "do-it-sitting-down or stand-on-a-board sailor, and is not being realistic. Also they have probably never run a Regatta.

  • Comment Link Nick Gray 16th October 2013 posted by Nick Gray

    Hey Chad, just watch us champ.

  • Comment Link Bruno 13th October 2013 posted by Bruno

    "Urban sport feel." Flood the cities, crash in to buildings lol

  • Comment Link Chad Lyons 13th October 2013 posted by Chad Lyons

    How is Kiteboard Racing an Urban Sport? Cities typically have limited access to water.
    Kiteboards need loads of space to set up, launch and navigate. Last year the practicality of including Kiteboard Racing at World Cup venues was investigated. Did the sailing world not learn that it is not feasible to add Kiteboard Racing to the Olympic Sailing fold?

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