Dave Robertson: he supports kiteboarding

Yachting New Zealand will be supporting kiteboarding in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games and consider that critics of the class are "ignorants".


The Kiwi boardsailing coach Dave Robertson believes that there are still 50% chances of overturning the decision of having kiteboarding in the Olympics, in the next ISAF annual meeting.

"That was a whole lot of ignorant talk by ignorant people, and it was disappointing," he told media.

"When the decision was made, suddenly there were a whole lot of kitesurfing experts even though they had never witnessed it or tried it themselves. It was absurd.

"All that talk that was going around in the beginning has been proved wrong, this is a sport that does work and it works really well. It proved itself at the world championships."

A two-thirds majority is necessary to get windsurfing back in the Olympic Games route. Windsurfing has claimed seven of New Zealand's 18 Olympic sailing medals in the history of Olympic Games.

Robertson also believes kiteboarding is a safe sport and that it will be very good for New Zealand, as "there is an opportunity for us to get a jump and get to the top before the next Olympics".