what does this even mean? In the US, talking about grassroots is usually a means for excluding any on the basis of what ever the message sender feels like that day.longwhitecloud wrote:not one highly experienced grassroots kiteboarder
great interview , brings up some good points.Dan Glyaire wrote:interesting what Neil Pryde has to say about it...
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!
hi Toby,Toby wrote:RSX is taking legal action against ISAF
we have been informed that the International RS:X Class Association Ltd is taking legal action against the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), based on the fact that ISAF has selected Kiteboarding and not Windsurfing as Olympic sailing event for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
We feel shocked that an international class, being bound by ISAF constitution, rules and regulations, is even considering legal action against the world governing body because of a decision that has been taken in a democratic process and in full accordance with the defined decision making processes of ISAF .
Initiating legal action in the middle of the Olympic Games might damage not only the performance of the affected sailors but also the reputation of sailing in general.
The International Kiteboarding Association is fully aware of the ongoing discussions about Olympic Events and Equipment and is respecting ISAFs internal processes.
It does seem that they think they can detect differences between equipment. They have an opportunity to ask for different gear before the Olympics if they think they have a slightly slower set. I'm guessing the ones that are doing well dont think equipment is quite so important, but its probable that they have done GPS testing of RSX gear and been able to detect differences in performance.sprockett wrote:Mr Pryde makes a few good points.
But reading the Olympic reports off 'Sailing-World.com'...
Quote: With the Olympic windsurfer much of this equipment part of the equation has supposedly been eliminated because there is only one manufacturer and everything is the supposed to be the same - built off the same molds - or so one might expect. Unfortunately the quality control is so poor the top competitors will buy six or seven sets of equipment each year to find the fastest sail or the fastest fin or mast. Bottom line - is there a significant variation in equipment.
This is normally a variable one can control by buying gear until one has 'fast stuff', but at the Olympics the windsurfing equipment is supplied by the organizing committee. This may be affecting Nikola's performance or it may simply be a case of her technique slipping or a little of both. In any case, she is not going as fast as we have seen her go in these conditions for the last two years. It must be frustrating!
Their are arguments for one design, But the box rule will keep the sport alive and hey if one brand is better than the other... then thats what everyone will be racing on.
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