Windsurfing is an established sailing class, and it continues to grow at a rate of 50,000 new participants each year.
Windsurfing competitors come from all over the world and compete in large numbers. In the Olympic pathway, more than 7,000 juniors worldwide sail on the Bic Techno 293 and on the RS:X.
Windsurfing has significant numbers of participants at the Olympic level. A total of 54 MNA’s across 6 continents took part in the 2012 Olympic Qualification Events. For men’s and women’s RS:X, the number of entrants at the 2012 World Championships was capped at 120 and 80 respectively. Those events were oversubscribed.
- RS:X Participation Stands Near the Top of all Sailing Classes
- Comparison of Athlete Rankings and Attendance
- Very Small Kiteboard Racing Fleets among Women
- RS:X is More Youthful Than Kite Racing
- Declining Participation on French National Kite Racing Tour
At this stage, the numbers for kiteboard racing clearly do not show a class that is ready for Olympic inclusion.