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Overwhelming interest in ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials

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The ISAF & IKA Kiteboarding Format Trials in respect of a possible inclusion of kiteboarding inthe 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition has received overwhelming support by MNAs, National Class Associations and Manufacturers.

Originally planned for 8-12 participants, within the application period more than 36 nominations were received from all parts of the world.

To allow a wider range of sailors to participate, the quota has been increased to 12 men and 6 women. In the selection process, the focus was set on including sailors from as many nations as possible, and to allow all interested manufacturers to showcase their equipment.

The sailors chosen will be informed shortly by ISAF, all others remain on the waiting list in case a slot becomes available.

The formats to be trialled in Santander from March 21-25 will be course racing, short track, slalom and enduro.

  • Course Racing: Standard windward/leeward courses with and without gates, and with the option for trapezoid course setup
  • Short Track: A short windward/leeward course with a reaching start, where sailors start in groups of which only the best advance into the next round. Americas Cop-Style racing.
  • Slalom: A downwind slalom course with the focus on speed and equipment handling rather than on tactics. Similar to Snowboard/Skicross in the Olympic Games
  • Enduro: A combination of a short upwind course and a downwind slalom, with multiple laps and mandatory jumps.

More information will be published shortly.

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Hongkong National Kiteracing - Report

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December 12th 2012 finally saw the wind play ball for the Hong Kong Kiteboard Federation (HKKF) and allowed it to successfully complete its first national class race day on Hong Kong waters. The winds here can be very fickle and it can take a lot of commitment to get a weekend day-off and enough knots to work in combo. Billed as the HK New Year’s Race it has taken three hits to pull it off, so lucky we have two New Year’s to choose from over here. Certainly it was worth the wait in the end for the fantastic atmosphere and competiveness that marked the day.

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