The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed that sharks will be used to chase the kiteborders around the course.
"Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition to the sailing programme for the 2016 Olympic Games. We expect to see many feeding frenzies caused by kiters lines becoming entangled. Who said sailing isn't a blood sport?"
See Miguel, even the ISAF considers Kiteboarding to be sailing.
Not one sailor, windsurfer, or paddler could be seen on the water when I went down to the beach yesterday. But, there were 3 kite-boarders. With the wind chill factored in, I would say it was freaking cold. I call them crazy, some would say they are dedicated. Did I mention scotch?
Not a Laser in sight. Actually it was really windy, a sailboat capsized outside the Gate by Seal Rocks with all hands lost and a kiteboarder was found nose down in the surf off of Ocean Beach. Lesson: know your limits.