Cabrinha is on the list?
As Neil Pryde the brand owner drove hard to push Kiteboarding out of the Olympics, just as he promised. I am surprised to see them there. I'd be further surprised if anyone other than paid staff would show up at an event with one.
Neil Pryde wanted to be the exclusive manufacturer for all the Kite Course Racing gear at the Olympics, just as he is for the windsurfing rigs they use. Right?
He spat the dummy when the IKA stood up to him, and he then threw he weight as a giant manufacturer against Kiteboardings bid. Calling in all his global windsurfing team riders and ISAF voters to fall in line.
All the history is online if you search for it.
I think you can drop the 30 board rule and the box rule is fine.
The whole Box rule/ one design saga is driven from the fact mega brands can not compete with the high end capabilities and production methods and direct to consumer sales model that specialist small course board builders can provide. This is also why they have insisted and pressured IKA to add in the 30 board / model rule.
Choke the efficiency out of the custom guys and add viability into super brands owning the market.
This attitude and the Olympic shambles brought shame on Cab riders everywhere & that is sad as they are passionate kiters not disgruntled Olympic Pryde riding Windsurfers . And they had no say in it. If the big boss says jump they say how high! Or have to move off the team or out of a job.
Maybe I've had one to many beers, but screw it. I'm just saying what's being said at the beach over and over.
Good on the IKA for having a bloody good crack.
Neil Pryde and the Cabrinha group should sharpen up their game.
FYI - I don't compete... more beer please
Well, It is from children and drunk people you hear the truth
I also was told these roomers about that Neil Pryde had a big impact to the Olympic decision. And yes, you could have your thoughts about Cabrinha as a subbrand. But you should not judge by roomers. And despite how shity this was, I believe the final decision is not to be changed now - so we better just move on as a sport.
And here the box-rule is really good with no corruption - and keep it fair for everybody. Also the new rules with how many kites in each size you can have is fair, and keep it on a level where everybody can compete. And still makes kiting the most simple sailing discipline to travel to competitions. But in general I think rules should maybe not be published so close to the season, but rather at the end at one season, counting for the comming...with enough time to adapt to this for production and before we buy the gear.
And regarding the payment of the registration. Well, a organisation needs an income. And this has to come from somewhere. And that is from the consumer. So when the brand pays to registre the kite, they just send the bill to the buyer in the end, by the price of the kite. Why some brands dont want to do this I dont know, but I dont think they sell the kite cheaper because they dont pay to Ika...maybe they dont want just because of a principle? But for me who wants to use the kite, it means I have to go for another brand.