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The United Kingdom Windsurfing Association (UKWA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA) have announced a groundbreaking partnership for 2014.

The UKWA will run kite racing competitions during three national windsurfing championship events. It's the first time these "rival" wind sports unite efforts at national level.

"The time has long gone for any hostility. We are a stronger voice together than we ever will be apart. Whilst windsurfing is safe for 2016 and 2020, it may well be that kiteboards will also get their chance in 2020 if extra medals can be achieved," says Bob Ingram, Chairman of the UKWA.

"I sincerely hope that we the committee can count on the support of our membership and commend it for its forward thinking as standing still is just not an option."

The UKWA has been running a successful windsurfing series for 30 years. The partnership is open for two kite race classes: IKA-sanctioned race boards and free race class.

"This has been a really good opportunity to get the two sports together which share many common characteristics. Many of the top windsurfers are now kitesurfing, as it was demonstrated by the great success the RS:X sailors had in the short time they had racing in 2013," underlines Richard Gowers of British Kitesports.

"The UKWA has a wealth of race management experience and we look forward to working with them to deliver some great racing."

Windsurfers and kiteboarders will compete in the same venues at Christchurch (May 3rd-4th), Weymouth (July 12th-13th), and Gosport (October 4th-5th).