KITEBOARD COURSE RACING RULEBOOK FOR 2013–2016

Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook 2013-2016 published

The International Kiteboarding Association has created, with the help of ISAFs Racing Rules Subcommittee, the 2013-2016 edition of the kiteboard course racing rule.

The Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook for 2013-2016 has been released and created as a convenient book for sailors and officials for use at kiteboard course racing events.

The rules in it are identical to the corresponding rules in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016. However, each rule in Appendix F has been moved into the appropriate rule in Parts 1-7 and each definition that is changed in Appendix F is shown in red.

Download the 2013-2016 Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook HERE

KITEBOARD COURSE RACING RULEBOOK FOR 2013–2016

KITEBOARD COURSE RACING RULEBOOK FOR 2013–2016

Kiwi kiters off to Cagliari with an eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics

 

Four Kiwi kiteboarders will throw themselves in the deep end competing in the kiteboard racing world championships in Italy, with an eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Yachting New Zealand boardsailing coach Dave Robertson will head the New Zealand team racing in Cagliari next week, to gain vital international experience now that kiteboarding looks likely to supersede boardsailing at the Olympics.

Kiwi kiters off to Cagliari with an eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics

Kiwi kiters off to Cagliari with an eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics

“No Kiwis have raced a regatta of this level before. In fact we have all only got into the race boards this year,” says Robertson.

The rest of the Kiwi team have kite or boardsailing experience – Matt Taggart manages Ozone Kites in Raglan, Ben Turner also kiteboards off the Waikato coast, and Justina Sellers, daughter of Olympic gold medallist sailor Rex Sellers, has represented New Zealand in boardsailing in recent years.

“We have come here to throw ourselves in at the deep end and learn as much as we can,” Robertson said from Cagliari, where the team is preparing for the championships starting October 4.

“We will be analysing everyone’s equipment and learning what it’s going to take to be competitive in kiteboarding in the future. All the preparation and focus has been our on water skills and speed as that is where we have the most to gain this early on.

“We want to understand all the competencies required to get to the top and make sure that we can build a strong long term plan for kiting in New Zealand.”

With around 2000 recreational kiteboarders in New Zealand, Robertson held training camps in the lead-up to this championship to find the strongest contenders.

Over 200 competitors will race in Cagliari on trapezoid, or windward/leeward courses, with the

option of slaloms at the end of the downwind legs. Races are intense at only twelve minutes long.

United States racers made a clean sweep of the podium in 2011, and their competition is expected to come from experienced kiteboarding nations France, Colombia and the United Kingdom.

SUZANNE MCFADDEN – BOATING NZ

 

 Fairfax NZ News

Double Olympic Medallist Rod Davis on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for Rio 2016

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding or the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

 

“Several months ago, the International Sailing Federation, the sailing’s world governing body, decided to take Kite boarding to the 2016 Olympic Games.
The collateral damage of that decision is: Windsurfing is out.

Talk about the crap hitting the fan! Some saw it as a forward progressive thinking, most were stunned by the disbelief of it all.

Quickly the windsurfing fraternity started a counter-revolution, mounting what might be described as a rebellion. They wanted heads to roll. The ISAF representatives and any country that voted for the kite boards should be the first with their necks on the chopping block.

Too bad the board lobbyists did not muster their troops before the vote, when the first warning shots were fired.

Six months previously a call to arms was issued by ISAF: The question of windsurfers or kite boards as an Olympic class will be decided at the May meetings.

I don’t have a side in this war. No vested interest it sailing either one in a competitive way, I am not a coach to, nor do I profit from either windsurfing or kiteboarding. That makes me unusual as most of what you hear and read, with all its passion and theatre, is dealing to self interest.

I am surprised as anyone that the kiteboard got voted in over the windsurfer but upon further reflection I am not convinced that is a bad thing.

The kiteboarder’s mantra is that their form of sailing is the fastest growing in the world. Windsurfers counter with ‘but there is no established racing as we know it’. Point and counter point, like a debate, but a debate that has a lot at stake for each side.

Take a step back for moment and answer one question. ‘Is kite boarding the future?’ If your answer is yes, then it should be brought into the highest level of the sport – as soon as possible. No mucking around, let’s get on with it.

If windsurfers are the future that will expand the Olympic spirit and sailing within that, ‘Great’ let’s go back to them.

The point is ‘don’t be afraid of change just because it is change.’ Embrace it.

Everything else will become details that will, and have been, handled in the past.

Like when the revolutionary, new fangled event of stand-up-sailing-surf-board was inserted into the hallowed ranks of the classes sailed at the 84 Olympic Games.”

 

IKA proposes Formula kite for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has proposed a Formula Kite class for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic kiteboarding debut.

IKA proposes Formula kite for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

IKA proposes Formula kite for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 

The governing authority in kiteboarding is concerned with costs and availability of the equipment for the kiteboarding events in the next Olympic Games.

“After the decision to include men’s and women’s kiteboarding as events in the Olympic regatta it became clear that further restrictions were required to ensure cheapest entry to the Olympics for MNAs while retaining the philosophy of the discipline of kiteboarding and enabling a fair game to all competitors”.

IKA believes their proposal “makes equipment even more available especially to emerging nations, as local builders can satisfy the demands of regional sailors and their associations”.

Therefore, Formula Kite is the IKA’s solution for the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups and other ISAF graded events. Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition.

The main parameters – maximum length and width, minimum weight, and the number of boards and kite to be used during a regatta are already regulated in the current IKA class rules.

IKA says that the main advantages of Formula Kite are: sailors of a very wide weight range can compete against each other with equal opportunities; allowing brands to sponsor sailors and invest in them, further reducing equipment purchase costs to MNAs.

Moreover, Formula Kite equipment allows slow but constant evolution of equipment in line with normal “wear and tear” equipment replacement cycles. Sailors are always able to sail on up-to-date equipment which is challenging to sail and attractive to spectators and media

Kiteboard authorities also criticized the “One Design” model because it would result in losing the top sailors, like in professional windsurfing where PWA sailors to get into the Olympics.

Olympic Kiteboarding Events 2016 Selection of equipment from IKA

IKA News:

Selection of equipment for the Olympic Kiteboarding Events 2016

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has made a submission to the ISAF annual conference regarding the selection of equipment for the kiteboarding events of the next Olympic Games.

Olympic Kiteboarding Events 2016 Selection of equipment from IKA

Olympic Kiteboarding Events 2016 Selection of equipment from IKA

 

We acknowledge that the equipment selection is subject to evaluation, but we thought that it is a good idea to give you an update on the development that has been done in the meantime to address the valid concerns regarding costs and availability.

After the decision to include men’s and women’s Kiteboarding as events in the Olympic regatta it became clear that further restrictions were required to ensure cheapest entry to the Olympics for MNAs while retaining the philosophy of the discipline of kiteboarding and enabling a fair game to all competitors.

We believe that our proposal is effectively addressing all these issues, and rather makes equipment even more available especially to emerging nations, as local builders can satisfy the demands of regional sailors and their associations. This is already happening – e.g. in Thailand and Brazil.

Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.

Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition. The main parameters – maximum length and width, minimum weight, and the number of boards and kite to be used during a regatta are already regulated in the current IKA class rules.

The main advantages of the proposed “Formula Kite” box rule are:

· Currently all kiteboard racing competition is sailed on box rule equipment, with a global spread
· Sailors of a very wide weight range can compete against each other with equal opportunities, avoiding preference for any part of the world or certain body shape. For a sample chart including weight and size of the worlds top kite racers, click here.
· The “Formula Kite” box rule concept allows brands to sponsor sailors and invest in them, further reducing equipment purchase costs to MNAs
· “Formula Kite” equipment allows slow but constant evolution of equipment in line with normal “wear and tear” equipment replacement cycles. Sailors are always able to sail on up-to-date equipment which is challenging to sail and attractive to spectators and media
· Most media friendly equipment sports in the Olympics are based on box rule concepts:
· Skiing/Snowboarding etc
· Cycling
· Bobsledge
· Rowing/Canoeing
· Archery/Shooting
· Tennis/Badminton
· Etc

A “One Design” approach would result in losing the top sailors. The Olympics have to be the pinnacle of every sport, with the best athletes taking part. In windsurfing, the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association, an ISAF special event) events are considered to be the pinnacle of the discipline, and a similar situation must be avoided. In windsurfing, not all the best sailors are participating in the Olympic Games. Only the box rule concept of “Formula Kite” will achieve this.

PWA and Formula Windsurfing have successfully used a system very similar to “Formula Kite” for many years, and they have produced top sailors including many from emerging nations on such equipment concept.

Sailors would travel to events with their own equipment – there is no need for event organizers to provide equipment, further reducing their costs.

The proposed changes, as an appendix to the current IKA class rules called “Formula Kite” can be found here with explanations.
For a full version of the IKA class rules with “Formula Kite” appendix applied, click here. (coming soon)

The proposed registration system, which ensures world wide availability to all interested MNAs and NCAs at reduced prices can be found here with explanations.
For a full version of the proposed registration system click here (coming soon)

For a breakdown of sample prices of a major brand click here

The kiteboarding industry, representing manufacturers with a market share in kiteracing of app. 90% supports the proposed “Formula Kite” concept. The proposed concept will keep the industry fully involved.
A “box rule concept” avoids a monopoly – monopolies are avoided in world economy as they usually provide poor products on high prices. Competition between manufacturers encourages production of quality equipment for sale at affordable prices.

Click here for some background information on provided One-Design Equipment, and why we believe that it does not work for kiteboarding.

Finally: listen to the sailors !

All top sailors strongly favour the “box rule concept” as it allows participants of a wide weight and size range to compete with equal chances. Furthermore it is much more rewarding for sailors to sail on up-to-date equipment.

Only the “box rule concept” ensures participation of the world’s top athletes.
ISAF has shown with its recent decisions on the women’s skiff and the mixed multihull that decisions are taken in the interest of the sailors. Let’s keep it this way !

Statements from top sailors from all parts of the world can be found here.

Kind regards,

Markus Schwendtner

Kiteboarding at the Olympics 2016 – news updates

Kitesurfing for the Olympics information from Richard Branson, Reuters and BBC

 

Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group:

Kiteboarding at the Olympics in  Rio Janeiro Brasil 2016 information question about kiteboarding in olympic 2016  rio

Kiteboarding at the Olympics in Rio Janeiro Brasil 2016 information question about kiteboarding in olympic 2016 rio

Delighted to announce kitesurfing has been selected as an Olympic sport. It has just been accepted by the ISAF after a 19/17 vote and there will now be kitesurfing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Kitesurfing for the Olympics From Richard Branson from virgin founder

Kitesurfing for the Olympics From Richard Branson from virgin founde

This is fantastic news for my favourite sport and kitesurfers all over the world. As we build up to what promises to be an incredible Olympics in London this summer, it is perfect timing too.

Well done to everyone who has worked tirelessly with us campaigning to get kitesurfing accepted as an Olympic sport. Can’t wait to see the gold medal race in Brazil in four years time!

 

Reuters:

Olympics-Sailing-Windsurfers will dominate kiteboarding gold medallist

* Kiteboarding set to replace windsurfing at Rio Games

* Windsurfers don’t want Weymouth regatta to be the last

* Authorities facing legal challenge over decision

If kitesurfing replaces windsurfing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, most of the competitors currently on surfboards will also dominate the new discipline, the women’s gold medallist said on Tuesday. ”If they include kitesurfing, it will be the same people who will be competing, as in the world there are no more than 20 people (at the top level) … I think wind surfing will come back for 2020,” said Spain’s Marina Alabau. In May, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced men’s and women’s kiteboarding would replace the RS:X sail board at the 2016 Games but a vote in November may yet see the decision reversed. The ISAF is also facing a legal challenge by windsurfing chiefs to the vote that could force an about-turn.

In windsurfing, competitors skim across the surface on a surfboard and hold onto a connected sail, whilst in kiteboarding, they stand on a much smaller board and are propelled by a kite which can lift them up in the air. Many of the competitors at the wind surfing regatta on England’s south coast said they wanted their discipline to remain, and that kitesurfing was more a “fun” sport which had not yet matured for serious competition.

“I think that kitesurfing is a fantastic sport, but not (for) racing … it’s a new sport that is still not developed,” Alabau added. ”There isn’t even (a uniform) design and I think that windsurfing is the best sailing sport, it’s really exciting … and there are a lot of countries that don’t want the kites.”

But she said that if kitesurfing was adopted, she would switch, as she and many others had gained experience in it. After news of the decision broke, Israel’s sailing chief Yehuda Maayan told Reuters that the ISAF decision to prefer kite boarding came about as a result of a voting error by the Spanish delegate at the ISAF conference. The Spanish Sailing Federation subsequently admitted its mistake, saying its representative had wrongly voted in favour of kiteboarding ”They said they made a mistake, but now they are going to realize that it was more than a mistake,” said Alabau, Spain’s only gold medallist at the Games so far.

France’s Julien Bontemps, silver medal winner in the men’s RS:X gold medal at the last Olympics in Beijing who finished fifth overall in Weymouth, added his voice to the chorus of windsurfers opposed to the switch. ”France is against the change. Does France want me to go to Rio on the windsurfing board? Yes for sure. In Rio there is no wind. If there is no wind there is no kites,” he said.

GIVE IT A TRY

Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge, who won the gold medal in the men’s competition, said had no strong feelings on which board he would prefer to use at the Rio Games. ”Everyone is enjoying themselves (windsurfing). I probably will go to California to try to get the hang of (kiteboarding). Why not?” he said. But disappointed British windsurfer Bryony Shaw, who finished seventh overall, said the

ISAF decision had been a “huge blow to the windsurfing community”.

“We are one of the more spectacular (sailing) classes to watch … and I don’t think you are going to get the same visual image from kiting. It would be a huge loss if windsurfing doesn’t stay in the Games,” she said.

 

BBC:

Kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) dropped windsurfing. The decision has been met with surprise and frustration within windsurfing and an online petition has been set up to keep it as an Olympic discipline. British sailing’s John Derbyshire said: “We’re disappointed for windsurfing.

Kiteboarding vs windsurfing

  • Kiteboarding - a wind powered surface watersport using a kite and a board to move across the water.
  • Windsurfing - a wind powered surface watersport using a sail attached to a board to move across the water

“[But we are] looking forward to working with kiteboarders to develop the talent pathway for this new event.” The decision was made by the ISAF at a meeting in Italy on Saturday and Derbyshire added: “While an exciting prospect for a new discipline, the decision to replace windsurfing will of course be a huge blow to the windsurfing community. ”We’re disappointed for all those who are working at the coal face of the Royal Yachting Association’s windsurfing programmes to deliver activity and British success on the world stage who will be affected most by this decision.”

GB will embrace kitesurfing says sailing boss

However, he added: “Kiteboarding made a solid case for its Olympic inclusion at the March trials and, although a surprise that ISAF has voted it into the Olympic programme at this stage, it appears they wished to seize the opportunity, rather than wait until 2020.” Britain’s Bryony Shaw, who won bronze in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, said on Twitter:  “Windsurfing is me… I am windsurfing!” before adding: “My focus on London now seems heightened!! New discipline for Rio… New challenge…!”

Compatriot Nick Dempsey, who was fourth in the men’s event four years ago, commented on Twitter:  “Wow, unexpected. That was a big decision and a very sad day for windsurfing. My heart goes out to all the aspiring champions and kids with dreams of windsurfing at the Olympics.” Meanwhile, following sailing equipment trials held in Santander, Spain in March, the 49er FX was chosen for the new two-person women’s skiff discipline while the Nacra 17 will be used in the two-person mixed multihull event.
How many national sailing federations are ready to prepare kiteboarding teams, gear and equipment for the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro?

Is there a global network of continental, national and regional kiteboarding competitions ready to define who will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Olympic Games?

Why was Course Race kiteboarding chosen to showcase in the 2016 Olympic Games, instead of Freestyle, when these kiteboard races will simply be just another speed sailing contest out in the regatta field?

How to ensure there will be enough wind to launch kites during the tight Olympic schedules? Has ISAF thought of an ideal venue in the Rio de Janeiro region?

What will NeilPryde do with the RS:X gear and are they interested in supplying the official Olympic kiteboarding equipment? While kiteboarding celebrates a hard-fought victory over windsurfing for the Olympic ticket, many questions remain unanswered.
In New Zealand, for example, a country with a strong Olympic sailing tradition, the national governing body is disappointed with the decision to replace windsurfing.

“We have recently invested significant resources into rebuilding windsurfing within our development programmes” said Yachting New Zealand’s Chief Executive Dave Abercrombie. ”This is a major setback but if it’s a fait accompli, we will have to adapt and get up to speed as soon as we can”.Yachting New Zealand does not currently have plan for its national kiteboarders and still doesn’t know how and who will prepare a team that will aim for glory in the class.