This proves my point that World Sailing tries to steal our sport of kiteboarding for their own financial benefits ( medals = funding, world sailing gets $40 million a year and distributes it ) .
It is a sad world where world sailing voters are pressured into voting for kiteboarding when they didnt even want a part of it.
it is not unique to kiteboarding that olympic $ gives someone the idea of how to cash in by changing a sports history sup vs canoe , rollerskating vs skateboarding. They are currently in the court system.
"Concerns had been raised within the sailing community about the inclusion of a kiteboarding but Abercrombie said its inclusion was a strategic decision made by World Sailing, with the sport in danger of losing a medal class. Over the past cycle, sailing saw its competitive quota lowered from 380 athletes to 350, and the International Olympic Committee had signalled the sport would lose more if they did not change.
"It's a bit of a compromise. I don't personally feel it's best for the sport but in saying that, it is what it is. It's a process driven by World Sailing and as far as Yachting New Zealand is concerned, we're just going to have to make the most of it."
I say by kiteboarders for kiteboarders! Not by Sailors for their own gain!
Dont support IKA, WKC, GKA. They are all pawns to World $ailing. #worldsailingkitekooks
Narrative wise its pretty clear. Kiteboarding should remain autonomous. That means it should remain self governing of its own sport from the very top down as has been since the start. ( i am 20 years in)
More and more clueless kooks getting involved$. is bad for kiteboarding, not least the safety aspect of which they don't have the first clue or experience about.
If you represent kiteboarding as sailing, you take on the liability associated with that.. that you have the associated expertise to manage riders safety.
It's a huge liability on World Sailing to manage the safety of another sport that involves flying wings/ kites. One where over 50% of severe injuries and deaths occur on land.
The fact that they would have to pay to outsource this says it all.. that kiteboarding is not sailing.
I watched the World Sailing meetings on youtube. They know NOTHING of what they are getting involved in$. They better be damn sure they keep young kiters safe at events... not that they have the first clue.
By kiteboarders for kiteboarders! #worldsailingkitekooks
no way.. the ceo of world sailing doesnt even sail! lol
that is messed up.. corruption!?
kiteboarders need to know not to support the wkl, gka, ika comps etc all of which suddenly hail world $ailing. They are world sailings sub contractors, cos world sailing dont have the first clue about another sport. Eurocentric imo also.
They havnt got the first idea. You can watch their meetings on youtube and see for yourself. It's a very worrying situation. They rely on paid subcontractors for kiteboarding information, however, have the final decision making about the safety welfare of another sport.
Pretty sure a rider was knocked out during racing and a fellow competitor saved them from drowning. oh and that poor young girl lost a finger after a tangle with another competitor. They also put completely inexperienced riders in youth olympic qualifiers as they did not have enough competitors, they were actively advertising for competitors stating you didnt even have to have race experience at all, or even much kiteboarding experience whatsoever. You remember Dimitri voicing concerns about this. Not a safe situation.
Accidents do happen, kiting is dangerous by nature; however, highly experienced kiteboarders need to have the final say on their safety and that means not having a different sport making top level decisions.
As for King of the Air, I like many others probably, were not impressed with the safety response to the 2 near drownings. The risk was demonstrated as higher in this discipline last year, IMO it is important that these young riders are educated about self responsibility because I believe companies like Red Bull sell a distorted image of professional action sport careers that is not in line with reality and can distort good decision making of young riders. I would have been demanding highly experienced kiteboarding jetski surf rescue crew trained specifically for situations such as we saw. Similar to the crew that support the World Surf League events.
We dont want to see someone drown unecessarily at these events in front of our own eyes when we know a better rescue attempt could gave been made.. (Red Bull $6 Billion industry a year.)
At the last Winter Olympics the women were waiting to compete in stopestyle, the winds were considered dangerous by the riders. The president of the ski federation ( not a snowboarder) said to the riders " if you dont go now, I am cancelling the event. So after 7 years training for some of them they were given 2 minutes to decide. They went, there were many bad injuries/ slam due to the wind.. it was a clusterf4ck. I don't believe this would have happened if snowboarding looked after and planned the event itself. Many of the snowboarders hate the ski federation but career wise are forced into situations they do not want to be in. You can learn from history.