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Kiteboarding on direct target for official World Championship Titles

11-21-2008 05:27 PM CET | Sports

Press release from: The International Kiteboarding Association

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For the first time in history, the 2009 kiteboarding world championship title will be sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This became possible by approving the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) as official class association during the quadrenual ISAF general meeting in Madrid last week. From now on, Kiteboarding is on par with other parts of international sailing as the "Volvo Ocean Race" or the "Americas Cup".

To Markus Schwendtner, executive secretary of the IKA, this is an important step towards the positive development of this young sport: "Giving the world championship rights to the IKA clarifies the structures in international kiteboarding and ensures same reglementation for national and international kiteboarding competitions. It has now become possible to compete under consistant and recognized rules. Thereby the sport becomes more attractive and transparent to athletes, spectators and the media". In the past, international kiteboarding competition took mainly place within two private world tours. Thus there have been two world champions, elected by different sets of rules.

The world wide unified rulebook used by the IKA paves the way for a global world ranking with one conjoined world champion. The ranking is intended to include the present world tours, independent organisers and national events. "National competitions become more important, because active sailors can collect valuable points for the world ranking already on a national level. Furthermore, access to the formula one of kiteboarding becomes accessible for a broader base of sailors", illustrates Thilo Trefz, organiser of the German "Kitesurf-Trophy".

The international kiteboarding scene welcomes the development as well as event organizers around the world, where the approval of the IKA earns positive feedback: "St Francis is very interested in hosting the course racing world championship and have a place holder on our 2009 schedule for a major kite event." says John Craig, race manager of the renowned St. Francis Yacht Clubs of San Francisco.

The IKA is now looking forward to start negotiations towards a worldwide coordinated regatta schedule 2009. For this purpose the IKA invites all promoters, organisers and associations to cooperate.

ISAF source: http://www.sailing.org/26115.htm

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been founded to bring the development of international kiteboarding activities under the well respected umbrella of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Starting in 2006, preparations begun to build a boat owners (riders) association taking over the administration of the sport and to make an end with the rivalry of the two professional tour operators PKRA and KPWT. In the future, there shall be only one world champion in each discipline, and one worldcup winner.

This doesn't mean that PKRA and KPWT will stop their tours. In contrary, the idea is to combine all worldwide events into one ranking, the existing tours as well as new event organizers.

In the end, kiteboarding will grow, and will be as respected as any other sailing discipline.

The International Kiteboarding Association is officially sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as world wide governing body for kiteboarding.

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ClASS MANAGER: Markus Schwendtner

For more information about the International Kiteboarding Association, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

The International Kiteboarding Association
Rohrbecker Weg 43
14612 Falkensee
Germany

Fon: +49 1713819139

http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org
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