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MessageSujet: JO 2016: kite vs planche   Dim 1 Jan - 9:40

Kiwi born sailor Neil Pryde is the largest builder of windsurfers and kiteboards in the world and he has strong opinions on these two disciplines at Olympic level. The Neil Pryde RS:X is the windsurfer being sailed at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the kiteboard, now ISAF recognised, is tipped as being a demonstration event in Brazil in 2016.

Pryde is the Managing Director of Pryde Group, an assemblage of companies with roots in manufacturing, sports branding and worldwide distribution. Sail-World.com has been talking to the sailor who is one of the best known brands on the world sailing scene, about windsurfing and kiteboarding.

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We noticed that kiteboarding was starting to cut into the windsurfing market. I met Pete Carina, a real icon in the sport and one of the originals. He had been in kiteboarding from its early days and in 2000 we bought all the rights to his name for kiteboarding products and Pete came to work for us. He did the marketing and product direction and we went in to the kiteboarding business.

‘Cabrinha is arguably the world market leader and we built about 25,000 kites a year.

Windsurfing is shrinking but kiteboarding is definitely growing by probably five percent a year, but not everywhere in the world. It’s started to slow a bit in Europe because one of the major considerations of kiteboarding is beach space.
‘Kites need a lot of manoeuvring space. In terms of being able to go on the beaches in Holland or France, the popular beaches, it is becoming an issue and on some beaches kiteboarding is not allowed.

‘Kiteboarding is only just getting to point where they are seriously looking at competition type sailing. It has been very much a freestyle free ride, more a having fun type of sport, particularly emphasizing travel and life style.

‘There is now an element in the sport that’s getting very serious about competition and they are making a pretty strong bid to be included at the Olympics.


‘Frankly, although we own Cabrinha, I am not necessary supporting that because I have one foot in each camp with windsurfing and while I think kiteboarding is a fantastic sport, I think it is a little premature to be saying they want to be in the Olympics.

‘Olympic sailing is all about one design because the emphasis of Olympic sport is on the athlete not the equipment and I think kiteboarding has a way to go to get to a one design standard.

‘San Francisco is much more advanced in racing. We were quite involved with the St. Francis Yacht Club and in fact we sponsored the first events that they put on in kiteboarding, through our American company. They were probably the most successful events so far run. Even so, while they have good competition and it is spectacular to watch, I just don’t think that they are ready for Olympic status and I say that even with my Cabrinha hat on my head.

Day 1 of the Kiteboard Class. 2011 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. - Duncan Worthington Click Here to view large photo


I think kiteboarding ultimately can be an Olympic sport but I just don’t see it happening any time soon, in spite of the kite guys pitching.

‘But kiteboarding is still up in the air and right now in the RS:X class we are up and running, and probably have over 200 competitors at the ISAF Sailing World Championships' summed up Pryde.

However 'up in the air' might be not the appropriate term.

The largest regatta in Asia, the Phuket King's Cup, ran a demonstration kite boarding event last week, with 20 KiteBoard Tour of Asia sailors providing a strong fleet.

While the keelboat fleet sailled on each of the six days of the event, the kiteboards were unable to sail on four of those days because as soon as wind speeds dropped below eight knots, the kites fell in the water.
That meant on days when wind speeds averaged 10-12 knots, the kiteboarders were unable to start.

In practical terms, kiteboard racing using the existing kite technology, plainly will not fly across much of Europe and Asia. Going forward the push to bring kiteboarding in the Olympic playing field will need either new kites or winder venues.

by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team - http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=91802&go=103912

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MessageSujet: Re: JO 2016: kite vs planche   Mer 2 Mai - 7:22

La planche olympique commence à avoir chaud aux fesses!

Windsurfing medallists support kiteboarding's 2016 Olympic bid


Christoph Sieber: Austrian windsurfing treasure

Gal Fridman, Michael "Gebi" Gebhardt, Christoph Sieber, Jan Boersma, Jan Boersma and Scott Steele have shown their support to kiteboarding's 2016 Olympic bid. What do they have in common?

The answer may cause controversy, but they are all Olympic gold, medal and bronze medallists in the sport of windsurfing. Following the positive report from the ISAF officials during the Kiteboarding Trials in Santander, these Olympic windsurfers decided to back kiters in their Rio de Janeiro dream.

"Kiteboarding allows emerging nations to easily and inexpensively start Olympic campaigns, as athletes can become proficient in this sport very quickly", says Gal Fridman, 2004 Olympic gold medallist.

"Kiteboarding is intuitive to learn, attractive and exciting to watch, easy on the body, addictively powerful and makes the sailor feel weightless when sailing. Kiting attracts surfers, windsurfers, snowboarders, wakeboarders, snow skiers and sailors alike", adds Michael Gebhardt, 1992 Olympic silver medallist.

"We have to get our Olympic sailing sports up to date today to be able to see the tomorrow - less money, less plastic – and more athletic kids having healthy fun. It’s time for sailing to embrace the future now", defends Christoph Sieber, 2000 Olympic gold medallist.

"Windsurfing was the coolest and purest form of sailing sports back then, like Kiting is now, appealing to the youth looking for a fast, fun, inexpensive and modern Olympic sailing experience", sustains Jan Boersma, 1988 Olympic silver medallist.

"Kiteboarding is perfect for allowing emerging nations to compete with the superpowers of sailing and can be sailed by a wide range of competitor body weights", sums ups Scott Steele, 1984 Olympic silver medallist.


http://www.surfertoday.com/kiteboarding/7306-windsurfing-medallists-support-kiteboardings-2016-olympic-bid

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