POSTED: April 4th 2012
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UPDATED: Kiteboarding gets a boost from Sir Richard Branson and Kristin Boese for Olympic campaign

9x world champion Kristin Boese showing her Guinnes world record talent in Maui / Stephen Whitesell
9x world champion Kristin Boese showing her Guinnes world record talent in Maui / Stephen Whitesell

Sir Richard Branson and his team at the BVI Kite Jam event / BVI Kite Jam
Sir Richard Branson and his team at the BVI Kite Jam event / BVI Kite Jam

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

 TAMPA: The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) just held a 2012 Olympic equipment and format trials last week to evaluate kiteboarding for the Olympic Games and now the sport gets a glowing endorsement from two key ambassadors.

Sir Richard Branson, known for his Virgin Group conglomerate of companies, also owns a stunning resort in the Caribbean called Necker Island and regularly kiteboards there and hosts the BVI Kite Jam annual event. Branson is personally an avid supporter of kiteboarding and has spoken out often to back it on the Olympic programme.

He said, "Kitesurfing reflects everything that the Olympics stands for. It has all the spirit of the original Olympics. Men against the elements, women against the elements, tremendous skill, tremendous excitement. It’s also perhaps the best spectator sport. It looks beautiful and any future Olympics that doesn't have kitesurfing in it need to have their heads examined."

Sports model Kristin Boese, Guinness World Record™ record-holder and nine-time world kiteboarding champion runs the KB4Girls World Tour that reaches out to teach and mentor young women all over the planet and is a passionate ambassador for the Olympic campaign. The German cover girl is also a participant at Branson’s Kite Jam and has even set up the KSP (Kite Surf Pro e.V.).

The event is a world championship tour, sanctioned by the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) and governed by the ISAF (World Sailing Federation). 

Boese notes, "I think Kiteboarding would have a lot to add to Olympic sailing. It is a high-performance sailboat-class and to me it is the high-performace side of the sport that should be showcased in the Olympics. Kiteboarding is exciting, fast and full of action and it is hard to beat when it comes to youth and media friendliness.

“On top of that it is a fantastic sport for females and affordable enough to be practiced anywhere in the world where there is a bit of wind and water. Being able to share the sport with women all around the world through the programs of our KB4girls foundation is such a great and rewarding experience and has truly shown me the sports potential when it comes to gender-equity and emerging nations."

The ISAF is set to make a decision in November at the ISAF conference to include the sport on the agenda for the Rio 2016 Games.


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