Three wave sports battle for the Olympic Games

August 10, 2010 | Kiteboarding

Kitesurfing: a tight battle with surfers in the Olympic race

Every sport dreams of securing an eternal place in the Olympic Games. The action sports never quite had the chance to stay for two consecutive events. There is only one exception. There are four mainstream ocean wave sports: surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding.

Windsurfing was the one and only to get there. In 1984, the individual sailing sport conquered the golden place in the Summer Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, USA. The Neil Pryde RS:X is the current Olympic windsurfing class.

But, the question remains? Who's next? The race is quite tight, at the moment. Surfing has been lobbying for so long, but never finished the deal. The ISA's top executive works very hard to get it right, but fate is always changing the last minute hopes.

Rio de Janeiro 2016 is a great opportunity. Let's see if surfing finishes the wave properly. And, yes, kitesurfers have worked quickly and in an efficient way. IKA has Richard Branson back supporting the class and the power of ISAF to help kiteboarding reach its desire.

In the last place of the race, we have bodyboarding. The sport is very popular throughout the world, but never really "wanted" it. Why shouldn't IBA give it a try?

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