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First one-design kiteboard, the CR:X, hits the water

With an Olympic event in 2020 on the horizon the race is on to be the kiteboard of choice.

Neil Pryde Kites has been quick to set out its stall with the launch of kiteboarding’s first one-design race class, the CR:X.

A convertible race class that aims to create a new movement within the kiting world.

With an Olympic event in 2020 on the horizan the race is on to be the kiteboard of choice.

The equipment package for the CR:X class has been designed and built by the Neil Pryde organisation, who are suppliers for the Olympic RS:X board class.

Essentially the class equipment combines a set of 3 inflatable race kites (7mtr, 10mtr and 13mtr size wise) and a symmetrical twin-tip (TT) board that can be utilized not only for TT racing and ‘Boarder X’, but also for beginner training.

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The concept then allows for a hydrofoil to be added, which transforms the board into a different animal that can now perform and race at the light end of the wind scale.

In a nutshell the CR:X aims to be a platform for both training and racing, that can act as a springboard into the performance race classes, while racing in its own right as a one design package.

The CR:X was launched at a Test Week at the Ninh Chu Bay Beach Club, Phan Rang in Vietnam.

It was a packed week that saw daily opportunities to not only test ride the equipment in its different modes, but also provide feedback directly to the design and production team.

With the week of testing and training complete, CR:X rounded things off with its first race weekend.

Designated as the CR:X Race Series #1, the racing attracted an entry of 33 athletes from across 14 countries.

They took part in a series of combined TT and Boarder X races that tested their skill not only in racing, but also in jumping as they were required to negotiate a number of obstacles around the course.

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All this action is driven by the opportunity for kite racing to be included in the 2020 Games in Japan as a medal rather than a demonstration event.

Kiteboarding has been included by World Sailing in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which is set to take place in Argentina.

World Sailing is also due to discuss its plans for the medals line-up at its annual conference in Barcelona in November 2016.

This will give a strong indication as to kiting’s prospects. A final decision will be taken at a World Sailing special assembly in February by delegates from Member National Authorities (MNA).

A decision to include kiting would then have to be agreed by the IOC in June 2017.

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