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ISAF Announcement: Equipment Committee recommends course racing and box rule

  • ISAF Equipment Committee recommends Course Racing as racing format for Kiteboarding
  • Advocates Box Rule over One Design despite evidence that it will create an arms race
  • Strangely, no similar Equipment Evaluation report was produced before the May 2012 decision
  • More details here

Major Youth Championships: A Comparative View

ISAF Announcement: The General Assembly will Review the Issue

  • ISAF outlines the procedure for voting on windsurfing/kiteboarding in Dún Laoghaire
  • The ISAF Committees and Council will review all Submissions on the issue and vote
  • The General Assembly will also get a chance to vote on it in a straight up majority
  • More details here

ISAF Announcement: The Submissions for the 2012 Annual Conference are Online

  • More than 100 submissions have been filed for consideration at the Annual Conference
  • The ISAF Annual Conference will take place Nov 1-11, 2012 in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
  • The submissions show very wide support to revisit the kiteboard/RS:X decision
  • More details here

Declining participation on French National Kite Racing Tour (in: Participation)

  • 3% of registered kiters are active in kite racing in France
  • Overall participation at National Tour Events has dropped over the past 3 years
  • Youth participation is very low compared to windsurf course racing
  • More details here

Enormous success at 2012 Techno 293 World Championships in Medemblik (in: Youth Development)

  • 320 competitors, age 16 and under, from 26 countries and 6 continents
  • Visit and support from Stephan van den Berg and Dorian Van Rijsselberghe
  • Ezio Ferin (Class Chairman) and the kids: “ISAF, Windsurfing back to Rio, Please!”
  • More details (results, videos, etc.) here

RS:X Class Announcement: The RS:X Class seeks a Judicial Review

  • The Class issued a claim in the High court in London for a judicial review of the decision
  • The Class had 3 months to issue such a claim and proceeded with it on Aug. 1, 2012
  • The Class regrets proceeding this way but felt it had no alternative given ISAF’s position
  • More details here

PASAF Announcement: Pan American Sailing Federation selects RS:X for 2015 Games in Toronto

  • Men’s and Women’s RS:X have been selected for the 2015 Pan American Games
  • Conditions and venue were deemed suitable for RS:X but not Kiteboard Racing
  • 2015 Pan Am Games may be a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
  • More details here

RS:X is More Youthful Than Kite Racing (in: Participation and Youth Development)

  • The RS:X appeals to younger competitors than kite racing
  • Average age of top RS:X windsurfers is 25, vs. 32 for top kite racers
  • 59% of windsurfers at Worlds are under 25, vs. 18% for kite racers
  • More details here

ASAF Announcement: Asian MNA’s united in favor of Windsurfing

  • 20 Asian Sailing Nations unanimous in their support for Windsurfing in 2016
  • Windsurfing deemed the most popular, accessible and equitable Olympic sailing event
  • Process underway to seek to overturn the May decision
  • More details here

The Equipment Evaluation was Supposed to Include Windsurfing (in: Is the ISAF Vote Invalid?)

  • The wording of the Event and Equipment options could have led to confusion
  • As a result, the Chair of the Events Committee provided clarification for voting
  • The Chair further outlined that any evaluation was to include Windsurfing
  • More details here

Nearly 1/3 of Kite Race Days get Cancelled (in: Event Management)

  • 31% of all kite racing days get cancelled, nearly 3 times the rate for the RS:X
  • Most cancelled days in kite racing are because of low wind
  • This leads to costly event management issues
  • More details here

Neil Pryde expresses serious concern about the decision’s impact for young sailing nations

  • “Windsurfing has done so much to bring developing nations into international yachting”
  • “Kitesurfing doesn’t yet belong in the Olympics. It’s premature”
  • “This is a real slap in the face of the emerging nations”
  • More details here

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