The ISAF Windsurfing Committee's evaluation panel has selected the Neil Pryde RS:X as its primary recommendation for the windsurfing equipment to be used at the 2008 Olympic Games!! Following the final stage of the ISAF Windsurfing trials held in the UK from 16-19 September 04, Neil Pryde Windsurfing's hybrid design was selected ahead of 6 other manufacturers.
In recommending the Neil Pryde RS:X as it's primary recommendation for the 2008 Olympics, the evaluation panel stated that: "There should be a change of windsurfing equipment for the 2008 Olympic regatta. This will revitalise windsurfing, from Olympic level to club racer and recreational sailor. The sailors want it – not one of the evaluation sailors ranked the current IMCO longboard as most suitable. There is now a new generation of boards available, a new board has already been chosen for U15 windsurfing, and Olympic windsurfing should lead, not lag this evolution." ... "The Neil Pryde RS-X excited the sailors more and displayed the demanding and high performance characteristics required of Olympic equipment. It felt faster and lighter, and required and rewarded skill and technique." ... "The Neil Pryde RS-X is more modern, displayed more potential and has more scope for future evolution..." The final stage of the selection process of windsurfing equipment for the 2008 Olympics will take place at the ISAF Council Meeting in Copenhagen, early November 2004. We will keep you informed as soon as we have any news from this Meeting
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