RS:X Windsurfing Class: Olympic style

The RS:X windsurfing class was born in 2005 and has been an official Olympic division since 2008. The RS:X boards replaced Mistral One Design Class class in the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, kiteboarding has been gaining ground and, in 2016, there will only be a place for one wind board sport in the sailing competition.

That is why the latest RS:X Annual General Meeting, held in Cadiz, Spain, was important for the future of the windsurfing class. Several decisions have been made that will have impact in the next months, until the ISAF final word.

RS:X will retain the existing equipment without change and will fully explore the concept of "provided equipment" for mandatory charter, at selected major events. The RS:X executives will also negotiate a suitable package with Neil Pryde for approval in 2013.

Finally, RS:X plans to make major class regattas almost entirely paperless. The web-based official notice board will be accessed on site, on one or more touch screens.

There are sailors competing in the RS:X windsurfing class in more than 60 countries.

Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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