RS:X Windsurfers: devastated and frustrated

The world windsurfing community is not happy with the ISAF decision to get kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympic Games and prepares to fight back, while Sir Richard Branson and Kristin Boese celebrate the kiteboarding victory with champagne.


The RS:X Olympic windsurfers are devastated and do not understand the decision which replaced lines for mast. That is why a petition to keep windsurfing as Olympic discipline is available online.

"So many dreams crushed, jobs destroyed and years of training put to waste. A sport that is growing more than ever whilst being a true Olympic discipline, requiring physical fitness, tactics and dedication, crushed by a seemingly so ill-informed council", the petition tells.

"Whilst the logic behind competitive kitesurfing is leaving a lot of people confused, there is no reason why we cannot have both Windsurfing and Kitesurfing as Olympic classes. If they want to cut disciplines, at least let it be even and justified throughout the sports".

The truth is that ISAF changed their minds very quickly and Council officials decided that kiteboarding should be given a chance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"I am raw, sore, and shell-shocked by the decision," said Rory Ramsden, secretary of the RS:X class association. Ireland, USA, Bulgaria, Spain and Greece unexpectedly opted to support kiteboarding in the dying minutes of the meeting.

Although windsurfers believe they can change the ISAF decision, it will take a two thirds majority at the annual general meeting in November to overturn the 19-17 vote decision.