Kiteboarding Rio Olympic New course racing equipment kites and kiteboard registration scheme

The discussions regarding the equipment for the Olympic Games is still ongoing, but one thing has become clear in the meantime – the registration system has to change.


Therefore, the current registration system for boards and kites for the course racing discipline will cease to apply on August 31st 2012 and replaced by a system with a yearly registration cut-off.

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This means, that any equipment where the registration process has been completed by August 31st 2012 will be eligible 60 days thereafter under the current registration system. From September 1st 2012, the following registration schedule will apply:

2013
Deadline for registration of new equipment: January 1st 2013. By this date, the registration process must be completed and proof of 25 boards built provided. Equipment is then eligible for racing from April 1st 2013 (this might slightly change due to ISAF requirements). Final details will be provided over the course of the next weeks.

2014
Deadline for registration of new equipment: March 1st 2013. By this date, the registration process must be completed and proof of 25 boards built provided. Equipment is then eligible for racing from September 1st 2014 (this might slightly change due to ISAF requirements).

Both class rules and registration system will undergo slight changes in terms of material limitation, required numbers of equipment built, and equipment used during an event (respectively the whole season). As this is all subject to ISAF negotiations, details will not be know before after the Olympic Games, and we will fully update you on this as soon as possible.

Virgin founder and adventurer Sir Richard Branson is believed to have played a big part in kiteboard racing’s Olympic acceptance.

Kiteboarding is about to about to take off and blow the minds of unsuspecting TV viewers.

Will more people tune in to see kite racing than the 100m sprint? Will the Aussies dominate the racing just like they dominate the pool? Who will represent the US, UK or Italy and who’ll win the sports’ first gold medal?

The only catch is that we have four years to wait. In the meantime, get in touch with your local kite shop (see below) and get racing. Our good friends have assured us that this will be a summer to remember and the search has now begun to find racing teams all over the globe for kiteboarding’s big debut.
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Canadian Local athletes look ahead to Olympic kiteboarding debut Three day event in Squamish draws 35 competitors

SQUAMISH (NEWS1130) – For some, training is already underway for the next Olympics. Kiteboarders from across the country are gathered in Squamish this weekend, vying to represent Canada in Rio in four years time.

The Canadian Kiteboarding National Championships has attracted 35 competitors. The competition is the first in a series of meets to establish who will represent Canada in 2016.

Kiteboarding will be making its Olympic debut at the Rio Games.

Mark Leng, Race Director with the Squamish Windsports Society, is cautiously optimistic about our prospects in 2016.

“We’ve got a fairly deep fleet of Canadian racers that have been racing out of Squamish for over five years now. When Canadians go to international events, they commonly place in the top 15,” Leng points out.

The sport requires athletes, who ride boards while manoeuvring giant kites, to race each other on a water course. The kiteboarders are known for their stamina and ability to strategize.

“There is an endurance element to it, but there is also an awful lot of thinking that goes on around how you ensure you stay between the finish line and the person behind you. So there is some tactical strategy to it,” Leng explains.

Kiteboarding has really taken off in Squamish thanks to the strong winds through Howe Sound.

Port Douglas could hold key to Olympic gold

Port Douglas could become the training ground for an Olympic champion as a new sport enters the big time in Rio 2016.

Kiteboarding will be thrust in front of the world’s biggest TV audience with athletes from across the globe aiming to take out the inaugural kiteboard racing gold medal.

And it just so happens Port Douglas has built a reputation for being one of the world’s best kiteboarding locations.

Brett Wright, operator of local kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) company Opens external link in new windowWindswell at the southern end of Four Mile Beach, said the introduction of the sport into the Olympics creates a unique opportunity for the region.

“Four Mile is a proven, perfect training ground for this type of kiting.

“After travelling myself up and down this coast line, out on the reef, and in Hawaii and WA, there’s no place like home. Four Mile is unreal.

“There’s always plenty of room, you’ve got the best wind angle for getting on and off the beach, and you’ve got all terrains of water at Four Mile.”

Mr Wright said the sport has come a long way since the pioneering days of the sport.

“We’ve got the circuit out there already. 2005 was our first official kite race and we’ve been doing it every year. What we did in ’05 is pretty similar to what they’ll do in the Olympics.

“Kiting is now appealing for a lot more people. The equipment is super-easy, it is 300 per cent safer than it used to be, and the pricing is way down.

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“Who knows, the Olympic champion might not even be kitesurfing yet.”

Mr Wright said he’d love to represent Australia in 2016 and is confident kiteboard racing will make an exciting addition to the Rio Olympic line-up

“Given the opportunity I’d give it a shot. It has been a while since I’ve been in the sailing or racing arena but it’s now or never.

“There is a lot of close-quarter situations and a lot of kite fights and tangles. These boards are built for speed so there will be some pretty big stacks.”

Mr Wright said progress is being made to deliver a major event in Port Douglas which could bolster sports tourism in the region.

“For me this has always been my dream, to have a world class event here in Port Douglas.

“Currently I’m in talks with groups like USM (organisers of Ironman Cairns) to host a really good kiting and paddleboarding water sports event in Port Douglas.

“They seem to be fairly supportive and we’re close to getting our own big event.”

Virgin founder and adventurer Sir Richard Branson is believed to have played a big part in kiteboard racing’s Olympic acceptance.

“We all flew a kite to get kiteboarding in to the Olympics and unbelievably the kite has landed in Rio,” Sir Richard told