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  • IKA vs IFKO and VKWC Events

    In an attempt to clarify the ongoing kerfuffle between the current governing bodies representing International Kite boarding Competitions we sought clarity from Dirk Herbstreet, who has a learned opinion on matters and where things lay and where they stand:

    1st: From Wikipedia:

    The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), is the only kiteboarding class inside the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The IKA class rules fall in the category of a development class.

    The International Kiteboarding Association was founded in April 2008 by Guillaume Fournier (two-time kiteboarding world champion), after the International Sailing Association (ISAF) had included the principle of surfers being propelled by a kite in the 'ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing'.[2] Kiteboarding was adopted in November 2008 as an ISAF international sailing class. An Executive Committee is re-appointed by the class AGM. The duties of the Executive Committee are to take care of the day-to-day business of the association, and to coordinate submissions from the sub-committees.

    The Executive Committee is: - Chairman: Richard Gowers (GBR) - Vice-chairman: Bruno De Wannemaeker (BEL) - Executive Secretary: Markus Schwendtner (GER) - Board members: Mirco Babini (ITA), Olivier Mouragues (FRA), Adam Szymanski (POL) and John Gomes (USA).

    There are five disciplines with individual world rankings and world championships.
    • Freestyle (where performance is judged on individual expression and difficulty of tricks)
    • Course Racing (comparable to standard sailing regattas)
    • Kite Cross (riders compete in heats against each other, with the winners advancing to the next round)
    • Wave Riding (where performance is judged on wave selection and performance of maneuvers on the wave)
    • Speed (with performance measured by the average speed over a fixed distance, usually 500 m)

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    With an understanding, that any completion on an international level with the term " World Championship" falls under the guidance of ISAF and it's rules and regulations, and competition that uses the term World Championship and the international sailing racing rules used by same must be sanctioned by ISAF. It is possible to create a completely different rule book and compete outside of that jurisdiction, as ISAF holds the copyright to the existing rules. That would be a herculean task and recruiting sponsors and competitors would be even more difficult.

    Last July, The Virgin Kite World Championship opted NOT to work through IKA but work directly through ISAF:

    A renegade branch of kiters formed the International Federation of Kitesports Organization:


    The International Sports Federations (IFs) are responsible for the integrity of their sport on the international level.
    The International Sports Federations are international non-governmental organizations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering one or more sports at world level.
    The national federations administering those sports are affiliated to them.
    While conserving their independence and autonomy in the administration of their sports, International Sports Federations seeking IOC recognition must ensure that their statutes, practice and activities conform with the Olympic Charter.

    The IFs have the responsibility and duty to manage and to monitor the everyday running of the world's various sports disciplines, including for those on the program, the practical organization of events during the Games.
    The IFs must also supervise the development of athletes practicing these sports at every level.
    Each IF governs its sport at world level and ensures its promotion and development. They monitor the everyday administration of their sports and guarantee the regular organization of competitions as well as respect for the rules of fair play.
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    They were recently presented with an ultimatum from the current board at IKA, informing them to cease and desist, and any riders participating in their competitions could be eliminated from international competition:

    The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO ("International Federation of Kitesports Organisations") to immediately remove and furthermore cease to publish or promote any information which makes a claim in terms of its relationship with the IOC and its plans for the sport of Kiteboarding. World Sailing has ascertained that IFKO is not currently a member of SportAccord and therefore has no formal recognition. A prerequisite of membership of this body is that the applicants sport is different from any sport that is governed by a current SportAccord member. World Sailing is a current SportAccord member, it is therefore unlikely that IFKO will be granted membership and World Sailing is currently waiting for confirmation of this by SportAccord.

    World Sailing has also instructed IFKO that World Sailing's approval is required for any event that is described as a 'World Championship' or 'World Cup' or indeed uses the word "World" in the title of the event and this approval extends to all Kiteboarding events using World Sailing rules and regulations.

    Such events that are run in contravention of World Sailing rules and regulations will be listed as prohibited events that can seriously affect the eligibility of riders to compete in other World Sailing events requiring World Sailing Eligibility, namely World and Continental Championships of all IKA classes (including the IKA Kiteboarding World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air and Wave, the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup and the IKA Racing World Championships), the Sailing World Cup, the Youth Olympic Games, and the Olympic Games.

    We regret that IFKO does not comply with world wide recognized principles for the recognition of International Federations. It is IKA's responsibility to make all riders aware of the risk they will take when participating in IFKO events, namely not being able to compete in IKA sanctioned events of all disciplines, and World Sailings events. The same extends to event officials, be it race directors, jury and judges.

    Dirk Herbstreet points out that in the 5 years of current leadership if IKA, things have been less than diplomatic and more of a dictatorship, with 2 of the current directors making decisions that do not reflect the concerns and priorities of the either the riders or competition management:

    "In my opinion it is not IKA per se that is the problem.... or even ISAF. It's the people who are the elected leaders of these organizations. And again in my opinion, the truly biggest problem lies in the leadership of IKA, Markus and Micro.

    Those individuals have alienated the riders, they have alienated the manufacturers industry, they have alienated the professional tour organizers, and they have even alienated the ISAF!
    However in their effort to be the best tattle tale schoolboy, they prompted ISAF to initiate these sanctions against IFKO and VKWC. Not to mention that they created the environment under which these conflicts came to fruition.

    Markus botched the relationship with VKWC before they even got to the negotiation table.

    The fortunate thing is that the current leadership terms expire in a year and new leadership can be voted in, providing a more fluent and pleasant environment."
    Last edited by Photoboy; 02-05-2016, 09:49 AM.
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  • #2
    WKT announces suit against IKA

    Richard Branson and the World Kite Tour (WKT) have announced a lawsuit against the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
    First, the rebranding. The organization previously known as PKRA, VKWC and PKT has changed its name. Once again. In 2016, the circuit led by the Virgin CEO will run under a new insignia: World Kite Tour (WKT).

    But the war in kiteboarding continues. The newly-formed World Kite Tour (WKT) will defend its interest in court as the ongoing dispute with IKA doesn't seem to end.

    "Not only the legal rights of WKT will be protected, but also the possible running of two world tours in the same disciplines is most likely to be avoided," the WKT says in an official statement.

    "On several cases, all means will be taken to protect the long-standing tradition of PKRA/WKT and its historic events as part of the tour."

    The WKT will run as an official World Sailing-sanctioned kiteboarding world tour, and it is authorized to crown world champions. World Sailing also confirmed that the WKT will operate with a Special Event status, similar to windsurfing's PWA World Tour, Volvo Ocean Race, and America's Cup.

    The provisional schedule for the 2016 World Kite Tour (WKT) is as follows:

    France | April
    Venezuela | May
    Spain (Tarifa) | June
    Sweden (Malmö) | July
    Canary Islands | August
    Germany (Fehmarn) | August/September
    South Africa (Cape Town) | December
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