Keep Windsurfing as Olympic Discipline
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Keep Windsurfing as Olympic Discipline

    1. Petition by

      Chris Guest

November 2012


With the help of this petition, which was supported by more than 31,255 signatures, there was a majority vote at the ISAF annual council to reinstate Windsurfing into the Olympics.

So many dreams crushed, jobs destroyed and years of training put to waste.. A sport that is growing more than ever whilst being a true Olympic discipline, requiring physical fitness, tactics and dedication, crushed by a a seemingly so ill-informed council. Have they thought of the industry? The people who spend thousands upon thousands on the kit they chose to impose as a one design class?

Sign the petition and appeal against the controversial (let alone awful) decision made by ISAF to replace windsurfing with kitesurfing at the Olympics..

Whilst the logic behind competitive kitesurfing is leaving a lot of people confused, there is no reason why we cannot have both Windsurfing and Kitesurfing as Olympic classes. If they want to cut disciplines, at least let it be even and justified throughout the sports.

Information about the decision can be found here

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Its not too late, if it comes to that, a 3/4 majority to reopen the matter followed by a straight majority at the ISAF annual meeting  in november can overrule this decision - keep signing and get our opinion heard.

Our next step is to contact the various medias - if you know someone who works for a newspaper blog or news website, local or national, push them to write a story about our movement. The more coverage- the more weight our voice will have.


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Points Raised as the campaign progresses:

1. This does not affect just the olympic classes (which some people may consider elitist) - the entire windsurfing infrastructure will be irreversibly damaged. All of Team15 and youth fleets are funded by national funding which will disappear as a result of this decision.

2. The argument that Kitesurfing is more accessible is basically void, as olympic equipment will undoubtedly be overpriced, let alone the fact it has been banned at many inland waters in the UK and still considered too dangerous by many.

3. ISAF have taken the 10 sailing disciplines available at the Olympics and distributed them with total disregard for variety with 7 dinghy, 2 Kiteboard and 1 mixed multihull, forgetting Windsurfing and many more important sailing disciplines.

4. Kiteboarding racing is still in it's infancy. A major part of the olympic games is image - what would the consequences of a major accident be? There is no time proven safety / rescue system in place for kitesurfers, let alone an organised national race series in most countries as there is for windsurfing. By all means run a trial event but do not replace a time proven sport with a one event wonder (or failure)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Keep updated

      Chris Guest
      Petition Organizer

      With news coverage worldwide, huge numbers of signatures and responses, we are well on are way - but there is still more to do. Keep updated, like this page

    3. Reached 17,500 signatures
    4. nearing 7500 signatures from over 100 countries

      Chris Guest
      Petition Organizer

      Target updated to 25,000 - keep sharing!!

    5. Reached 7,000 signatures
    6. 4000 Signatures in 24 hours!

      Chris Guest
      Petition Organizer

      Target updated to 10,000

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. 1500 signatures in 12 hours - Target updated to 5000

      Chris Guest
      Petition Organizer

      Keep Signing and sharing - we can never have enough signatures

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      A great sport which got me involved in the world of watersports. Is a relatively cheap way to get on the water which is much better for emerging and smaller nations without big budgets. It is also better suited and safer for racing disciplines.

    • john overmeer APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Windsurfing you can do without giving trouble to other surfers. Kitesurfers can be very dangerous en is given often problems to other watersporters.

      • almost 2 years ago

      keen windsurfer

      • almost 2 years ago

      Windsurfing is one of the most atractive sports wich can be done by Young and old. It has a very low entry level. The danger is very small vs kite surfing which has already have people killed

    • Thijs de Haan DELFT, NETHERLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is a great sport, it shouldn't get lost. The displacement of the sport is a dangerous and life-threatening sport.


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