Talking from a third world perspective, sailing has always been seen as an elitist institution, I see Kitesurfing/boarding as a way to bridge that gap.
Great point. That's a definite advantage that kites - and windsurfers (!) - have on the rest of the sailing classes at the Olympics.
Don't think you'll get much love here.
I'm starting to see this
It's strange though how my comments in defense of windsurfing are seen as an attack on kitesurfing, isn't it? We're facing deeply entrenched feelings. Not everyone feels that way though, and it's definitely reassuring to see the occasional post in support of BOTH sports.
That's all I'm saying: we don't have to put windsurfing down to feel good about kiting!