Kitesurfing has been included Paris Olympics in 2024. This is hugely exciting for the RAF and National Kitesurfers and will showcase the sport at the highest level. The specifics will fall out over the coming months but it will be a joint male/female racing class operating along similar lines to the proven windsurfing model (single formula). As a result of this huge news, RAF Kitesurfing will be reviewing and updating their association strategy as this relatively new sub-discipline goes from strength to strength.
RAF 100 Baton Relay
The RAF Kitesurfers recently completed the Benbecula leg of the RAF 100 Baton relay. This was quite an achievement for the team of 8 (6 riders, plus boat safety and support driver) as they kitesurfed approx. 60km with the baton from the Southern tip of Benbecula to the RAF Benbecula Airfield (now the civilian airport); take a look at the Relive video to see just how far they went.
RAF 100 Heroes
Sqn Ldr Emma Wolstenholme, is the RAF Kitesurfing top female rider and featured as No. 51 of the RAF 100 Heroes.
CR:X – Best Team
This year the RAF Kitesurfers entered a team into the CR:X race series with our Army counterparts doing the same. Despite marginal conditions at the first 2 events of the year, the RAF team are doing really well and pushing the new discipline of foiling within both the association and our sister services.