Kiteboarding

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

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16 Sep 2012 - 4:18am

Squabble among HK kitesurfing groups a downer for the sport

Squabble among HK kitesurfing groups a downer for the sport

The future of the new Olympic discipline of kiteboarding in Hong Kong is up in the air, with infighting among three separate bodies all claiming to be numero uno and chasing a potential windfall of multi-million-dollar government funding.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:23am

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