Kiteboarding: you need train to do this

The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) and the French Kite Association (AF Kite) announced an agreement that recognizes IKO kiteboard training standards for certifying recreational kitesurfers, in France.

"Until now, there were no common international training standards recognized in France for the kitesurfer," explains Eric Beaudonnat, vice president of IKO. "This agreement provides AF Kite the opportunity through the IKO to offer kitesurfers in France the freedom to continue learning all levels of kiteboarding whiletraveling the world".

Equally, IKO certified kitesurfers can now continue their learning progression while in France through AF Kite. The agreement is reciprocal. Any kitesurfer who earns an AF Kite certification is now recognized to be IKO certified any where in the world.

Instructors will allow students to begin at the level they last completed with either organization. Every kitesurfer who completes an IKO or AF Kite course receives a membership card.

Membership cards serve the function similar to a driver’s license verifying that the card carriers understand the rules, and have learned the skills needed for safe kitesurf practice. While not all beach authorities currently require certification for general kitesurf practice, the number that do is growing.

As the sport continues to evolve and more beach authorities see the need to increase safety, the relationship between IKO and AF Kite will become increasingly more significant.