ISAF wants to halt the 2009 PKRA World Tour

We regret to announce, that the PKRA has declared not to accept the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) mediation result after more than one month of intense negotiations.

This has forced ISAF Secretary General, Mr. Jerome Pels, to issue this formal statement to PKRA president Mauricio Toscano:

“Dear Mr Toscano,

It is with regret that I understand the PKRA has decided to decline any further involvement in the mediation process to reach agreement with our recognized member, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). ISAF have invested a lot of time and effort in this process and your reasoning does not seem consistent with the negotiations that have taken place. If there is anything further that ISAF can do to restart this process and come to agreement then we would urge you to reconsider.

If you proceed, as indicated in the email from Mr Paul Caswell dated 29 March 2009, then the ramifications of this decision are as follows:

ISAF will not recognize the PKRA “World” Tour and as such ISAF will make this fact clear to our Member National Authorities.

According to ISAF regulation 19.4.1(c) the PKRA tour is a prohibited event if it continues to use the word “world”, either in the title of the event or
otherwise.

Sailors who participate in the PKRA Tour may have difficulty entering and competing in the ISAF recognized IKA World Tour or other National events
as they may have their ISAF eligibility suspended according to ISAF regulation 19.4.

Yours sincerely
Jerome Pels
Secretary General“

It is expected, that the latest PKRA announcement to be recognised by a surfing association now, will only be a short intermezzo, as ISAF has already taken all necessary action to protect its rights against illegimite use.

Note: Regarding the first PKRA event starting on the 11th of April in Leucate, France, due to the short notice there will be no action taken against competiting riders.


SOURCE: IKA