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More Participants for the Kiteboarding Format Trials

Earlier this month we were reporting that the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and IKA (international Kiteboarding Association) will hold a series of kiteboarding format trials at the Prince Felipe High Performance Centre in Santander, Spain, from the 21st until the 25th of March, and will test the short track, slalom, course racing, and enduro format options for kiteboarding with the aim of identifying the event management implications if kiteboarding were to be selected as an Olympic sport for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The plan was to have between 8 and 12 riders take part in the kiteboarding format trials in Spain. Member National Authorities, National Kiteboard Associations and Kiteboarding manufacturers were asked to nominate one man and one woman (no more than one) to attend the trials, and out of all the nominations, no more than 12 sailors were to be picked to take part in the kiteboarding format trials.

It seems that the response from Member National Authorities, National Kiteboard Associations and Kiteboarding manufacturers was overwhelming and that lead to a change of plans: the number of sailors that are to take part in the trials has been upped from 12 to 18 (12 men and 6 women).

IKA explained that so far more than 36 riders were nominated for the trials. All the nominations will be taken into consideration and the focus during the selection process will fall on including sailors from as many nations as possible and on allowing all interested manufacturers to showcase their equipment. The riders who get selected to take part in the kiteboarding format trials will be notified about it by the ISAF.