Former ISAF president supports kiteboarding in the Olympic Games

November 22, 2010 | Windsurfing

Windsurfing VS Kiteboarding: the heat is on

Former ISAF President Paul Henderson believes the kiteboarding class should substitute windsurfing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Henderson says it is necessary to "take a leap of faith" and make a revolutionary decision in the next two years.

Forty years ago, "windsurfing was the new 'Extreme Sailing'. For the next decade, every other car going down the highway had one on their roof. Now it is in strong decline and should be dropped for 2016. Forty years was a good run. KiteBoarding is the new 'Extreme Sailing'", wrote Paul Henderson in a confidential report leaked on the internet.

Considering it a "tough decision", the former leader of the sailing world compares windsurfing and kiteboarding to what happened in the snow sports. "Skiing is a good example as they have replaced events with SnowBoarding disciplines", tells Henderson.

That's why he supports the decision to "drop the 470 and Windsurfing Men and Women". Paul Henderson's ideas will certainly fire up a very tense discussion and relationship between windsurfers and kiteboarders on the Olympic ticket issue.

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