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cagjr21150



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Olympic windsurfing is good for our sport Reply with quote

Olympic windsurfing has survived a near death experience and is charging ahead on the road to the 2016 Rio Games. While this 4 year journey takes place, we will once again benifit from the publicity of being on sailing's world stage. Have a look at some of the new faces competiting for the chance to be an Olympian.

Marion Lepert Interview ~ The Cast of Aspiring Olympians ~ A New Racing Format for RS:X ~ New Strategies for US Sailing

http://danewsblog.blogspot.com/


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LeeD



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why?
We are all entitled to our opinions.
I think it's a waste of time to ride a 40" wide board that weighs possibly as much as 34 lbs.
And racing is something that less than one in a thousand windsurfers do.
But, you are entitled to your opinions.
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DanWeiss



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's ggod because Oly OD allows more formal JSP's to introduce windsurfing (over 50 new programs in NA in the last 6 years) and THAT means more kids windsurfing.

That's at least one huge reason why its good in the USA.

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RaceboardDude



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only ONE official RS:X event on class schedule for the USA?

http://www.rsxclass.com/rsx-class-event-information/rsx-calendar-of-events

Anyone else going to the Calema Midwinters?

http://calema.com/calema-midwinters-2013
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DanWeiss



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I'll be there on a Kona.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given that the Olympics has become a commercial venture driven by the desire to make money, I would rather see Windsurfing not included. Furthermore, the fact that it's included, but the equipment used will be obsolete makes it rather ludicrous. However, that's in tune with the farce and somehow the sport has transcended crass commercialism.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

speedysailor wrote:
Given that the Olympics has become a commercial venture driven by the desire to make money, I would rather see Windsurfing not included. Furthermore, the fact that it's included, but the equipment used will be obsolete makes it rather ludicrous. However, that's in tune with the farce and somehow the sport has transcended crass commercialism.


Oh, where to begin? Since the Olympics are a commercial venture for the host city, what sport or event doesn't trigger that reaction for you? Why is windsurfing any different than ice skating or skiing or the shot-put for that matter?

Your logic is backwards. You declare that because the equipment used will be obsolete means that windsurfing's inclusion is "rather ludicrous." Exactly what differs in the RS:X that makes it obsolete but is not shared with most other gear-intensive events? The RS:X can be used for windsurfing whether or not the class remains in the Olympics. What's ludicrous is your writing.

You further state that the impending obsolescence of the RS:X is "in tune with the farce" but that windsurfing has risen above commercialism. Really? What sort of website forum do you think this is? Look above, to the right and below. Commercialism. Oh, wait . . .it can't be. Windsurfing has risen above it.

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boardsurfr



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LeeD wrote:
And racing is something that less than one in a thousand windsurfers do

Are there still tens of thousands of active windsurfers in the US? At the East Coast Windsurfing Festival last year alone, there were about 40 windsurfers that joined the racing and had tons of fun.

Not-so-serious races like the ECWF are definitely great, I wish there were more of them. Even fun races give tons of motivation to improve your technique; having to jibe and tack in a crowd and at a pre-determined spot destroys any illusions you might develop freeriding. All the serious racers I know sure can kick my butt without even trying hard.

It would be great to see a few more fun races in the Cape Cod area this year. I'm definitely looking forward to the Buzzard's Bay crossing in May.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boardsurfr wrote:
Are there still tens of thousands of active windsurfers in the US?

I seems like I could count that many some windy summer weekend days at some launches around here. Sad

(OK, now THAT'S hyperbole, even outright BS, but you get the point.)
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think about one in 10 windsurfers have actually entered a real race. Maybe a WHOLE LOT LESS in windy spots like Maui, ColumbiaRiver, SFBay, SPID/Corpus, and Hatteras.
You don't need to race to improve.
Lots of freesailiors who don't race can jibe, slash, jump, and speed like a racer, some better, most worse.
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