With the 2016 Olympic Games headed to Rio de Janeiro, and the sailing events to held on the beaches of the Copacabana, there is growing enthusiasm for how perfectly Kiteboarding would suit the scenery. The International Kiteboarding Assocation (IKA), which has been authorized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) to govern kiteboard racing, has launched its campaign to demonstrate what kiteboard racing has to offer the Olympic Games.
Says two-time Olympic medalist Michael Gebhardt (USA), member of the IKAs Olympic Commission, "Kiteboarding is the purest form of sailing and would be an awesome addition to the Olympic Family within the framework of the 2016 Olympic Sailing Event. Kiteracing is not weight sensitive and all of your equipment can fit in the back of a regular car. Its colorful, dynamic, inexpensive and super easy to learn... and can be done in water as shallow as 2 inches deep, opening up many places where no other craft can navigate.
"As a five-time Olympic Athlete within the sport of Windsurfing and now a professional kiteboarder, I feel Kiteboarding would marry well within ISAF's umbrella of international and Olympic Sailing events. Why not introduce the sport to the world for the 2016 Olympics. It is the most modern and efficient form of wind powered sailing on the planet."
Kiteboarding perfectly suits the IOC strategy
Kiteboarding is the best performing of all sailing classes
Kiteboarding offers equal opportunities for any kind of athlete
Kiteboarding is affordable and transportable
Kiteboarding is media attractive
Kiteboarding brings the sports top athletes to The Games
Kiteboardings Olympic Campaign is supported by the major manufacturers
Kiteboarding can help to make Olympic Sailing attractive again
The high-resolution version of the 2009 brochure "Kiteboarding and the
Olympics" can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/y9cfm8f