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2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby tgautier » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:49 am

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2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby sc-surfer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:16 am

I can't say I'm bummed. I know growth is inevitable but I am enjoying the small close knit feeling kiteboarding has right now.
No doubt the olympics would be huge for kiteboarding and a good thing in many ways. If the sport sticks around as I'm sure it will we will eventually see it in the Olympics.
Until then let's just enjoy the golden age of kiteboarding!!
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Re: 2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby mbzporvida » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:33 am

Golden age was 10 years ago.
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Re: 2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby yojimbo » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:46 pm

I feel the Olympics are the wrong venue for Kiteboard racing, evidenced by this decision. It would be better suited to an X Games demographic. This is an extremely positive development for the sport.
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Postby tgautier » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:10 pm

Good point. X-games definitely seems like a better venue.
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Re: 2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby Aloha » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:07 pm

In terms of inducing excitement, watching kite course racing and windsurfing are about equal for me.

Close shore kite slalom - now that's an x-game / spectator sport
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Re: 2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby OliverG » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:36 pm

mbzporvida wrote:Golden age was 10 years ago.


Well, that's true, '02 through '09 were pretty epic years and '05-'08 particularly fun with the community (gear was getting much better too). It was still a new sport, and when you went kiting, especially at places like Sherman, it was a different era really... But kiting is still fun!
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Re: 2016 Olympics - Kitesurfing out?

Postby Yoda » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:57 pm

This is very good news imo!!!
Hopefully this decision will have some kind of effect on reducing the amount of racerheads training out at SI. It was getting a LITTLE out of control this year. Note: This was edited from my true thoughts about some of the racerheads at SI. I know I'm not alone on this topic. ;-)
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