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Old 21st August 2012, 07:56 PM   #41
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... and the french RS-X racer Julien dammaged his fin (failed structural cracks).

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Old 30th August 2012, 02:21 PM   #42
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beside the hungarian and italian guys the ukrainian was the third one who broke his mast during the olympic races.

julien from france was special unlucky, because as far as i know a french guy from neilpryde select the equipements for the olympic games.

jean-marc be positive ! julien's story show neilpryde did not play any unfair game about who get better or worst gear...

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Old 4th September 2012, 07:37 PM   #43
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Hi fellow windsurfers,

I love windsurfing and I have done it for over 10 years. I love sailing more than anything else.
But there is something that has always bug me for years. I've seen windsurfing in the olimpics and when is light wind, it is exremely boring to watch. Not to mention that the gear is boring, plain and out of touch. I do not understand why the RS-X flee looks like that. There is nothing more appealing that watching freestyle, wave riding or slalom races. Full of colors.... and very fun to watch. Why not the same to the olimpic class???
I think Kite has done nothing but being Kitsurfing. The fault of windsurfing being out of the olimpics is windsurfing. Me personally I showed the windsurfing Rs-X on TV to my non-windsurfer friends and they thought this was extremely boring and thought I did the same. I felt sorry for myself and for the competitors. Not to mention this is a very demanding sport and the competitors should deserve credit.
Oh, and I amost forget: I also dislike the Kona race. OMG!!!
Time changes, gear changes, athlete changes, everything changes.... F1 races look totally different than 15 years ago....

I do not blame them.

Is time for windsurfing to learn from their mistakes and make a renovation. Let the new kid bring new and fresh ideas and hopefully the old man get something out from it....

I love windsurfing for life!!!!
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Old 5th September 2012, 06:15 AM   #44
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Hi,

The best will be a football stadium with a big wave swimming pool inside for intense slalom battle, Freestyle and wave contest.
Tv coverage will be amaising and sponsor will be very happy!!
The actual sailing discipline in JO are a joke on tv, we be better to say horrible for windsurf in general, need to make the BIG change!!!

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Old 5th September 2012, 06:12 PM   #45
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Let's face it, sailing as an Olympic sport is boring (spectators), no matter which class. I think this is the primary reason kite boarding got chosen, it may offer more spectator appeal, and maybe draw in more TV coverage.

The other issue at the Olympics is that half the sports have little spectator appeal and only exist for the "sport", which is the real reason there are the Olympics. It's sad, but sport for sports sake is declining because of the commercialism, pro participation, endorsements, advertising, etc. The good old days (60's and earlier) were where Olympic competition was much more honest in many ways. Committed athletes meeting head to head to see who is the best in the world and nothing more. The true Olympic spirit.
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Old 5th September 2012, 11:35 PM   #46
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To tell you the truth, I've used computers all my life. For school, work and pleasure.
At the beginning I used a desktop, then a laptop. Now I can do pretty much everything with a smartphone.

This does not mean I do not dislike computers but I use more the smartphone than the computer and desktops. Here in the USA there are endless of free Wifi antennas so using the internet for free is very accessible......oh this word,,, accessible!
Kite boarding is now accessible to everyone. Young and old. Storing is simple, transporting is a breeze and rigging... well as complicated as windsurfing.

I am thinking on learning to kite board after this big RIO episode. I want to try what is all about. People tell me that I will hate it because is very easy, rather than accepting the challenge of never learning windsurfing 100%.

I think that kiteboarding will become more popular than windsurfing during its peak years. You see more girls doing it, kids, old pops, and you can actually plane and turn faster and easier. It took me for ever figuring out the best way to plane faster, tack on a small board and jibe without falling down and killing my breath waterstarting. Kiteboarding seems very simple where you might learn the basics, and will give you the chance of learning more trick like jumping or fancy stuff. I only need a simple lake and I am jumping, No need to go to Hawaii and jump.

I do not know man, but the decision of windsurfing being out of the Olympics for RIO has seal the deal on my decision to switch or at least learn more kitesurfing.
....if you see in the street, nowadays everybody is checking Facebook and emails on a smartphone and not a cafe internet. So I guess is also time to adapt to a more adecuate, modern and more accessible watersport.

Cheers from a sad and nostalgic windsurfer in USA....
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Old 6th September 2012, 07:19 AM   #47
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Kite-racing is just as boring to watch as windsurf-racing is, so there is no improvement there.

The real change would be to have an indoor event, freestyle and slalom, with big electric fans, they have done that before so why not use it in the olympic games too?
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Old 7th October 2012, 12:48 PM   #48
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another wiev of the situation from windsurfermag:

http://www.windsurfermag.com/magazin...l8NDI1fDEwNzU=

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Old 7th October 2012, 07:10 PM   #49
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Hi all,

Windsurfing still have a chance

https://vimeo.com/50812873

All the best
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Old 8th October 2012, 07:49 PM   #50
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Kite-racing is just as boring to watch as windsurf-racing is, so there is no improvement there.

The real change would be to have an indoor event, freestyle and slalom, with big electric fans, they have done that before so why not use it in the olympic games too?
I do not think it is very ecological! That's the main issue.
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