Last autumn, ISAF selected the Neil Pryde RS:X as the new equipment in the two windsurfing events of the 2008 Olympic Games, replacing the Mistral. The Neil Pryde RS:X is a newly designed board which will not be available for the mass market until the late summer.
In order to give top windsurfers an opportunity to get acquainted with the new board before it becomes available to the mass market, ISAF has set a priority system for it's worldwide Member National Authorities (MNAs) and allocated six boards to USA athletes, charging US SAILING with the responsibility to assign the boards.
Interested sailors can get more information and apply online by visiting the US SAILING Website until midnight Eastern Time on Sunday 15 May. US SAILING membership is required of each applicant. A review panel will then discuss the merits of each application, determine a top ten priority list and notify applicants by 23 May. The boards will be sold through the RS:X retailer in the USA, Adventure Sports in Miami, Florida. The allocations will be made to those deemed most likely to win the Olympic selection trials for the 2008 Olympic Games.