I was going to stay out of this, but I see that you are spreading some wrong information again.
Here is the correct info:
1) Markus did not write the Report to the ISAF. It was written by a panel: Here is the Info:
ISAF has also appointed a panel of windsurfing, Kiteboarding and race management experts to prepare a final report for the ISAF Mid-Year meeting:
• Tomasz Chamera - ISAF Events Committee
• Ilker Bayindir - ISAF Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Committee
• Bruno de Wannemaeker - ISAF Equipment Committee
2) 3 Kites Limit was not an ISAF Idea. It was voted for in the last IKA AGM in Murcia, and bevor you start on Markus, I remember that he actually voted for 4 with Germany's vote
3) Lack of Safety Leash? Here is the Rule from our rule book:
C.3.1 SAFETY AND LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT
(a) A detachable kite leash shall be used. The Notice of Race and the Sailing instructions may change this rule.
I have never experienced a Race director who has gone and changed this rule in the NOR and said we do not need to use a race.
That said. The rule is not enforced and most of the top guys are out there with no saftey other than being able to eject the kite. Maybe the Race directors should be enforcing the rules a bit more for safeties sake.
4) The Report was written by unbiased people. They took into account what we showed in Santander. They had open minds and took in what happened there and put it into their report. I think that was the right way to got. We showed what we could do in various conditions and they took that as the current state of the Kiteracing sport. Sure, the racers there were on the water there are professionals and know what they are doing and cannot be compared to the everyday kiter, but the Olympics is not about the everyday kiter, it's about the highest level of racing and will have very little effect on the normal kiters lives out there.
longwhitecloud wrote:lol well the substance of documents like these (olympic reports) here would be known as "astroturf "
The reason being that the writer does not have the grassroots experience we have and that the actual writer(s) of this document is in fact using the document for selling/marketing olympic kiteboarding to be included - they werea not unbiased 3rd party report.
i hear what you are saying for sure more to race against now ,but you need an honest transparent foundation to an organisation in order to trust it has your interests at heart.
I don't care either, until someone is telling me or my friends what to do that does not have the experience to keep them safe and having fun - i am anticipating that and making damn sure the line is towed with respect to this - unfortunately comments in the olympic documents with regards to safety and wind speed limits + other things the 3 kite limit (isaf), lack of safety flagging leash, cost of fins - things like this do not tow the line.
Going surfing, got a new board!