Good on them and good luck to them. Fact is there are literally no other female racers in many of these represented countries for them even to race against - seems a bit rich considering the IOCs agenda in choosing gender inclusive popular sports, many countries still have no representation at all. They were advertising for youth olympic competitors - no experience required, and still couldnt get enough competitors to make it a fair competition.
I agree on the lack of interest in foil racing, never was any to start with - never existed... that is why... same reason why a rider that is novice stands a chance of sponsorship until there are any actual competitors to start making any money from for the sponsor... that is business.drsurf wrote: ↑Thu May 02, 2019 3:26 am@longwhitecloud - bullshit again.
I could get a young, keen, female kiteboarder in my region industry sponsorship right now. There's nothing stopping them in Australia, certainly not money if you're keen. There is just a lack of interest, especially in outdoor sports.
We have had some success however in surfing, virtually all from one local family. Both brother and sister surfers are on the world tour and have championship results. And no they didn't have to buy their own gear, they are so good they have great sponsorship deals and prizemoney.
mikesids wrote: ↑Thu May 02, 2019 6:50 am@longwhitecloud
Lack of interest in foil racing? Current event in Italy with 87 male competitors , and 30 females?
And a young French ex TT racer in the top 10 after day 1?
Sorry to say but case closed bro. 100 racers says you are wrong as far as they are concerned. Foil racing is here to stay, with kites, cats and Am Cup. And it in no way affects my ability to go Twin tipping , or foiling at my local . Second hand gear is cheap and plentiful on TradeMe.
Appreciate Lou's mad skills in that video footage from back in the day but things move on......
I won't go into politics of GKA / Olympics, etc... but just from an observation point of view, could it be that there is a bit of local bias at play here, and overall in this discussion?
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