RS:X out of the Olympics… big thanks!
Since 2-3 days there is a lot of noise around the fact that windsurfing is out of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Some call for protest, others sign petitions, not to forget that kitesurfing that is about to replace windsurfing has already been demonized.
I fully respect all these true athletes that have dedicated themselves, spending countless hours trying to reach the highest level performance of this discipline, but in order to provoke some thought, please allow me to pose some questions.
What’s the relation between the sport you are passioned about and the Olympic division of windsurfing ,the RS:X? How exciting can it be to pump a huge sail non stop at 6 knots on a 20 kilos board? Praying at the same time that the wind will never pick up more that 25knots. Not to mention the waves… what kind of windsurfing is this…? Is this sport “advertising” OUR sport, OUR passion. Are we ever going to miss something if the RS:X will not be part of the 2016 Olympics?
I strongly believe that RS:X is, if not the only, one of the very few examples of sports that their Olympic division uses equipment that is so outdated with such an uninteresting performance.
Finally do you ever think that the new generation will ever choose to windsurf by watching the RS:X at the Olympics? It is dull even in fast forward…
For the aforementioned reasons I would like to say a big big thanks to the ISAF Council for voting in favour or kiteboarding. In case you reconsider your decision please seek some advice from people who are really passionate with the sport WE call windsurfing!