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pe4387



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:11 pm    Post subject: Windsurfing re-instated in the Olympics Reply with quote

Just yesterday each country known as a "Member National Authority" voted at ISAF Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Men's and Women's Windsurfing is back in 2016 Rio Olympics. Kiting is out. Thanks to all the folks who signed the petition (over 32,000 strong) and participated in the fight since May.

It was never against kite board racing or kiting but rather not by eliminating the Windsurfing Class in the Olympics. ISAF Council should have eliminated one of the fixed mast class if Kite Board Racing was all the ready for the Olympics.

I have suggested that Beach Olympics would be a great Olympic sport: windsurfing races, slalom, and freestyle, kiting freestyle and races, SUP paddling races and SUP Windsurfing, beach multihulls, and possibly surfing along with Beach Volleyball.
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gerritt



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does it have to be one or the other? I don't kite, but I do appreciate it as a sport, just like as a skier I appreciate snow boarding. In the winter sports they made room for snowboarding without taking out skiing. WTF?
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:36 am    Post subject: Re: Windsurfing re-instated in the Olympics Reply with quote

That is very good news Very Happy As far as kiters ... well ... the kiting lobby decided to deliberately target windsurfing for elimination in the presentation of the case for being in the Olympics. Unfortunately, for them, the plan to eliminate windsurfing backfired and now the Kites don't even get a demonstration event. It kind of serves them right at some level .. but ... it would be great if windsurfing could select a board a bit better than the RS-X for 2020. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/20284543
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windgood



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news indeed and my signed petition (perhaps) count. Here is what ISAF said:

Olympic Events And Equipment

The Olympic events and equipment was high on the agenda of the ISAF Council and after hearing the reports from the 2012 ISAF events and the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, business moved on to discussing submissions.

23 submissions relating to the events and equipment for Rio 2016 were received by ISAF in advance of the Conference. In accordance with the ISAF Regulations, before the detail of any of these particular submissions could be discussed, Council were required to vote on a motion to re-open the debate on the subject. The Regulations specify that 75% of members must agree to the motion.

The submissions were presented as six proposals and Council asked to vote on them in terms of the specific changes they proposed. The first proposal grouped together the submissions that only dealt with men's kiteboarding and women's kiteboarding (020-12, 025-12, 027-12, 050-12, 051-12, 052-12, 053-12, 054-12, 055-12, 056-12, 057-12, 058-12 and 062-12). 26 Council members voted in favour and 12 were against.

Proposal 2, which featured Submission 063-12, related to Men's Kiteboarding, Women's Kiteboarding and 2nd One Person Dinghy - Finn. 14 Council members voted in favour and 23 were against and 1 abstained.

Proposals 3, 4, 5 & 6 relating to Submissions 064-12, 065-12, 071-12 and 094-12 respectively did not receive the required proposer and seconder around the table so were not considered.

With 38 possible votes, the 75% requirement was not achieved on either proposal so the events and equipment as approved in May 2012 remain for Rio 2016.

However, at the ISAF General Assembly part of the business for the 106 Member National Authorities (MNAs) who were present was to review any regulations made or amended in any substantive way by Council since the last Ordinary Meeting which was in November 2011.

ISAF had been notified of three amendments proposed by MNAs which concerned the first two lines of Regulation 23.1.4 (Men's and Women's Kiteboarding).

As defined in the Articles of ISAF, decisions at the General Assembly shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of those present and entitled to vote. There were 114 possible voters, including the ISAF President and Vice-Presidents.

After a lengthy debate the MNAs approved the first proposal which reinstated Men's and Women's Boards - RS:X.

ISAF Regulation 23.1.4 now reads:

Men's Board - RS:X
Women's Board - RS:X
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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very good news. Building on what the others have said above, Windsurfing is a good sport for entry level youth sailors. Kiting is not an easy sport to teach the young, because they cannot appreciate the dangers of kiting without prior wind experience. I think it would be foolish to put your 12 year old son on a kite, whereas an 8 year old can comfortably windsurf.

I also agree on the need for a different board format. Having options could make the sport a more interesting event.

We also need to help attract more youth to our sport before it withers and dies. All manufacturers should be involved in this.
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