Following the culmination of the windsurfing event at the ISAF World Championship in Cadiz, there is a unique opportunity for all sailors to participate in the ISAF windsurfing Presentation Event.
In March 2003, ISAF invited submissions from sailboard manufacturers to offer a new and exciting step forward in the evolution of Olympic Windsurfing, welcoming any new design concepts put forward. In introducing the trials, ISAF wished to encourage all manufacturers to think "outside the box", with the possibility that a new design could also lead to a new and improved format; that could include slalom and/or marathon racing (although formats that require objective judges, is similar to figure skating, are excluded).
A two-stage approach has been adopted for the assessment of equipment, with the preliminary Presentation Event in September 2003 in Cadiz, followed by the more formal Evaluation Event in Spring 2004 in Torbole, Italy.
Being held from 22-24 September at Puerto Sherry, the Presentation Event will feature six board manufacturers including Exocet, Boards and More, Starboard, Bic Sport, Austrian Board Project, and Neil Pryde. The participation of these manufacturers does not exclude other manufacturers from participating in the Spring Evaluation Event, and interested manufacturers must indicate their intent to participate in the Evaluation Event to the ISAF Secretariat by 1 February 2004.
This is a perfect opportunity for windsurfers to become involved with the development of the sport and its future inclusion in the 2008 Olympic Games. Manufacturers will have boards available to be trialled. Proposals and recommendations will be received from industry representatives and sailors are invited to have their say on what the future holds in the lead up time to the 2008 Games.
Further information and the formal invitation to the Presentation Event and Evaluation Event is available at: www.sailing.org/technical/windsurfinginvitationrevised.pdf