- 25 November 2010 | Editorial
The heat is on the wave sports world. Nobody talks about it, but there are three wave sports desperately struggling to get the golden ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
In the middle of this silent lobbying war, a few governing bodies also play their future power in the sports world. There's the International Surfing Association (ISA), the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
As we know, surfing will always be fighting its own battle for the dreamed and deserved place in the Olympics. Rio would be the ultimate opportunity. But, will surfing really make it?
However, in the recent weeks, we discovered that only one ticket might be available for the wind riders, which means only windsurfing or kiteboarding should compete in the Games. The ISAF, the commanding voice for windsurfers and kiteboarders, might name a new sport for the Olympics, dropping the historical place windsurfing has secured for 40 years.
The former ISAF believes kiteboarding is the "new extreme sailing". The critics say a kite could never be launched with a light breeze.
Surfers, we have a problem. Who will solve it?
Luis MP | Executive Manager | SurferToday.com