- 04 November 2008 | Windsurfing
At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. While a lighter planing board would be welcomed by many athletes, it seems there are a lot of factors to consider.
Neil Pryde explains ‘The RS: X board was designed and built to parameters set by the International Sailing Federation. (ISAF). The reality of Olympic windsurfing is it’s in the Olympics as part of yacht racing. It has to operate on a fixed time table with events taking place everyday, the television is organized, the press coverage. The Event organiser don’t have the luxury of saying dayafter day 'oh there’s less than 10 knots of wind today so we won’t race. They have to race.
‘So ISAF required a board that would sail on three knots of wind. Normally windsurfers don’t even go on the water unless it’s more than 10-12 knots, so the Olympic board is not like a windsurfer in the normal sense of the word.
‘To build a board which can be sailed upwind at three knots we had to put a dagger board in it. That added a lot of weight because you have to have the whole structure to support the dagger board.
'Going forward, we all hope that Olympic regattas are not sailed in venues that requires races to be run in very light conditions again, but practical considerations come even before and after racing.'
As one multiple Olympic sailor, who campaigns all around the world commented this week ‘One of the problems from a practical point of view of wind surfing boards with no dagger boards is that steerage, leaving or coming into harbours is very difficult without a support boat. May not be much of an issue for the big teams but it’s a problem that adds costs at all levels.'
- 03 November 2008 | Windsurfing
After conquering the PWA Wave discipline three time over, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC) has made the decision to undertake an equally bold challenge, with the launch of Club Kauli Seadi.
Providing a vast array of diverse activities, CKS is a one-stop shop for literally all your holiday needs, including lessons and equipment rental of windsurf, kitesurf, surf, tennis, stand up paddle surfing gear and more. The centre also boasts the finest instructors in each field, including clinics with the three times World Champion himself.
Located in the PWA wave destination, Ibiraquera, CKS is not only a great destination to rip up the waves in the prevailing cross offshore wind, but also a great place to master the plethora of additional activities, regardless of ability.
Together with the Club, Kauli Seadi Travel Agency offers excellent packages to Ibiraquera, including lodging, transfers and car rental. Adding to the already vast number of activities available, there’s also the option of going whale watching, horse riding, boat touring, tours of the regions beaches, waterfall walks, sandboarding, cycling, Arvorismo, and yet more!
This unique location has it all, including a flat water lagoon for beginner/intermediate windsurfers and kitesurfers, ideal for getting to grips with the fundamentals before heading out into the more challenging wave conditions.
- 28 October 2008 | Windsurfing
With the 2008 Constructors Championship Ranking being one of the closest fought battles in the competition’s history, the final standings witnessed a tie for first place between sail manufacturers, North and NeilPryde.
Initial ruling crowned NeilPryde the victors ahead of North Sails, subsequent to PWA tiebreak regulations. However, a thorough investigation into the technicalities of the situation has revealed that the pair were so closely matched, it’s impossible to determine a conclusive winner.
After much deliberation, the PWA has made the decision to amend the Constructors Championship Ranking, and award both NeilPryde and North Sails equal first position.