International Sailing Federation

Windsurfing back in Olympics after U-turn by sailing federation

Enthusiastic sailors take advantage of breezy conditions to compete on the final day of the Hong Kong Open windsurfing competition in Cheung Chau yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

The Hong Kong Open windsurf-ing competition ended on a jubilant note yesterday as sailors and officials celebrated the unexpected restoration of their discipline to the Olympic Games programme.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 12:27pm

Ruling body rejects windsurfing's attempt to return to Olympics

Hayley Chan Hei-man said she would consider dropping her full-time training and getting back to her studies if windsurfing is out for the 2016 Games.

Windsurfing is clinging to a final, slim chance of returning to the Olympic Games despite a fresh setback appearing to drive a nail in its coffin.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Hong Kong hope Olympic ruling will be in their favour

Boardsailors Chan Hei-man and Leung Ho-tsun get ready to take part in the Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships, which start today in Cheung Chau. Photo: K.Y.Cheng

A compromise agreement where windsurfing and its upstart rival kiteboarding will share the Olympic stage at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 could raise Hong Kong's medal hopes - if a deal is hammered out by sailing chiefs.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is meeting in Dublin and will decide if windsurfing will be reinstated as an Olympic class and in what format.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Kiteboarding pioneer Su Kay plans to help Hong Kong in the new sport

Su Kay competes in the Kiteboarding Tour Asia event in Thailand in March, where she finished second.

Kiwi kiteboarding star Su Kay has landed in the troubled waters of Hong Kong - the Bermuda Triangle of the sport where three factions are embroiled in a bitter fight to be recognised as the official governing body.

The three-time New Zealand freestyle champion hopes to nurture the next generation of kiters, which may potentially include Hong Kong's future Olympic hopefuls.

23 Sep 2012 - 2:28am

Kiteboarders turn down support from wealthier windsurfer 'brothers'

Veteran Ho Chi-ho (right)

The new Olympic discipline of kiteboarding has refused the hand of friendship from its "big brother", windsurfing, even though the latter enjoys all the financial support.

Kiteboarding will controversially replace windsurfing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio but it is struggling to get public funding after talks to merge the two sailing classes broke down.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:18am

Chan will take flight in medal chase

Tenacious windsurfer Hayley Chan Hei-man is preparing to make a giant aquatic leap for Hong Kong and take up kitesurfing so she can compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

With her RS-X discipline facing the Olympic axe, the medal-hungry Hong Kong University student declared her contingency plan within hours of narrowly missing a medal-race place at the sailing regatta.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

ASF hands windsurfing an Olympic lifeline

Windsurfing's hopes of staying in the Olympic Games have been given a boost following an agreement reached by the Asian Sailing Federation (ASF) over the weekend.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ugly scrap likely over ouster of windsurfing

Top Hong Kong official Cowen Chiu But-kau believes the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) general assembly in November will turn ugly after it emerged that Spain's representative at the vote to replace windsurfing with kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics had gone against his federation's wishes.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Winds blow 'brothers' in different directions

A controversial decision last weekend by the ISAF, the international sailing federation, to include kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympic Games but drop windsurfing has left both sections of the local boardsailing community, 'brothers' as one top official called them, with conflicting emotions.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK vows to fight olympics exclusion

Stunned officials and coaches fear windsurfing's top-dog position at the Hong Kong Sports Institute is in jeopardy after the sport was controversially replaced by kitesurfing at the 2016 Olympics.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ho faces stern test in France

Hong Kong's latest sporting superstar, teenaged windsurfer Ho Chi-ho, made a slow start yesterday in his quest to win two world championships in the span of five weeks.

The 18-year-old returned a 14th and two sixth placings in the opening three races of the International Mistral Class Organisation (IMCO) World Junior Championship in Martigue, France, to lie seventh overall.

10 Aug 1999 - 12:00am