- 06 April 2009 | Editorial
The international kiteboarding scene is absolutely fired up.
In the last months, we saw the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) joining the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), which meant a direct relationship with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
Then, the ISAF is one of the 35 international Sports Federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Can you see what goes next? :)
Well, in the end of March, the PKRA announced it had become an effective member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The same exercise applies here: the International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing, although surfing is not an Olympic sport.
Nevertheless, the International Sports Federations recognized by the Olympic Committee are responsible for the integrity of their sport on the international level. It is clear that kiteboarding, as a growing sport, is broken in two strong pieces.
And it is also clear that the International Olympic Committee is making a mistake, as it not understandable that the same sport is recognized through two different indirect organizations (KPWT and PKRA) and two different direct federations/associations (IKA and ISA).
Is this an endless war?
Luis MP | Executive Manager | SurferToday.com