The time is nearly up. It is just over 60 days until the Olympics start. And it will be the biggest yet test for the RS:X.
Back in 2004 the ISAF announced they would change the equipment for China 2008 games, and the NeilPryde RS:X came out as the selected equipment against many other proposals.
Since then, a lot of work has been done to promote the Class, the events, distribute the gear and be fully prepared and ready. Since 2005, NeilPryde has sold over 2000 RS:X boards and 4000 sails.
Three World Championships have been held since the inaugural race in Italy in 2006, and at the Youth Level also with three World Championships ( the last one to be held in June in Denmark) the class just gets stronger and stronger. As part of NeilPryde\'s ongoing support of youth Windsurfing, NeilPryde has prepared a comprehensive proposal to the ISAF in support of supplying the RS:X for the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and looks forward to hearing the result of this selection in early June.
NeilPryde has been supporting the Class with huge amount of sponsored equipment to both the Olympics and the ISAF Youth World Championships and charter equipment made available for major regattas around the globe. NeilPryde has also been working hand in hand with its suppliers to maintain real high manufacturing standards levels. The ISAF Class Measurer for Olympic use has approved the boards and rigs made for the 2008 Beijing Games.
So, 63 elite athletes have qualified to represent their countries in Beijing this summer and we are pretty sure the gear will perform at its higher standards.
However none of this would have been possible without the RS:X Class Association. Established in November 2006 the Class Association is the focal point for the promotion of the class, organisation of events and coordination of sailors worldwide. NeilPryde works closely with the Class Association as well as sailors, their national bodies and the ISAF to ensure that future activities and developments relating to Olympic Windsurfing are coordinated and well organised. The delicate balance between durability and performance of equipment is a clear benefactor of this close working relationship.
pics: Jerome Hoyuvet and Christian Chardon