Kiteboarding plays last Olympic trump cards

March 21, 2012 | Kiteboarding
Johnny Heineken: ISAF will get to know his kite skills

The best kiteboarders in the world have traveled to Santander, in Spain, to demonstrate why kiteboarding should take of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Olympic Sailing competition will have to choose between windsurfing and kitesurfing, so it's time to launch the kite and show off. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has created a Kiteboarding Trials program to evaluate and understand what kiters are capable to do.

An ISAF evaluation panel consisting of members of the ISAF windsurfing and kiteboarding committee, events committee and equipment committee will collect all data and present a report to the board, in a midyear meeting.

That is why 18 riders from 10 nations and four continents are in Santander to convince the ISAF officials of how thrilling and challenging kitesurfing can be.

The International Kiteboarding Organization has called the best riders in the world. Both men's world champions are present - Johnny Heineken (Course Racing) and Damien Leroy (Slalom) - as well as women's Course Racing world champion Steph Bridge.

The European champions Julien Kerneur and Katja Roose are in Santander for the Trials, along with the freshly crowned Asian Champion Yo Pudla Narapichit. The list is completed by a wide variety of national kiteboarding champions. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.