The Kite Surfer’s Emotional Rollercoaster: Poker and the Summer Olympics
Natural thrill-chasers, it looks like kite surfers have other ways of achieving an adrenaline rush.
Kite surfing and poker, at first glance, this seems like an unlikely combination, but strangely, nearly all kite surfing tournaments have some element of poker incorporated in them. The recently-concluded Kitesurf Cup 2013 in the Spielbank Sylt Lounge even conducted a Poker Night to accommodate poker playing kite surfers.
In Costa Rica, kite boarders get together for barbecues, bonfires on the beach, volleyball, and of course, poker. With over 60 million poker players in the United States alone, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that so many kite surfers have become hooked on poker.
Maybe it’s also because kite surfers are so used to going on emotional roller coasters. In May of last year, it seemed like kite surfers’ dreams had finally come true when, as Betfair puts it, the last windsurfing event of the Summer Olympics was held, and it was decided that it would be replaced by kite surfing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Finally, kite surfing had hit the big leagues!
But six months later, after windsurfers vehemently challenged the decision to replace their sport with kite surfing, the decision was overturned. Inside the Biz claims that the decision was made due to miscommunication and language difficulties, and that the very same delegates who made the decision lobbied to reverse it as soon as they’d found out what had happened.
Just like in poker, sometimes you think you’re winning, and the next second, you’re flat broke. The International Kiteboarding Association kept themselves poker-faced on the issue, saying, “First objective for us is not to reopen the debate. If this would happen, then there are various options on the table.”
Maybe in the 2020 Olympics, kite surfers will be able to ride the waves of the Summer Olympics, and play poker in celebration of their first Olympic gold medals. For now, it seems kite surfers worldwide will just need to up their game and show the International Sailing Federation just what the Olympics are missing out on.
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