PKRA no longer cooperating with IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) regrets to announce, that the PKRA has decided to go its own way instead of cooperating with IKA, KPWT and other organizers towards the unification of competition kiteboarding.

The PKRA had stated in an earlier press release, that they recognize the IKA as governing body for kiteboarding.

This, after hard negotiations had let to a common position with the clear commitment by the PKRA not to apply for special event status towards the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) but to work with the IKA, national kiteboarding associations and other tour operators.

As emerged now, an application for special event status has been raised again by the PKRA at the ISAF Council meeting last weekend, breaking the agreement achieved with the IKA before. These facts doesn’t make it reasonable to finalize the negotiations between IKA and PKRA at the moment.

It is expected, that the ISAF will reject the application for special event status and we hope that we can resume constructive negotiations with the PKRA thereafter.

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BKSA 2009 

The British Kite Surfing Association (BKSA) has published the full schedule for the 2009 Tour. 

Now in its 9th year the BKSA tour dates are as follows:

3 Super size events with 4 National Titles being run at the same Venue:

These will be Swansea, Blackpool and Redcar

3 Freestyle Kitesurfing
3 Course Racing Kitesurfing
3 Freestyle Kitelandboarding
3 Freestyle Kitebuggy

4 Additional Kitesurf Freestyle (which count to overall title)

3 Wave Events

Dates – For Freestyle Kitesurf - Course, Buggy and Landboard

Round 1 April 24th-26th Watergate Bay Cornwall
Round 2 May 15th-17th Swansea South Wales
Round 3 July 10th-12th Hunstanton Norfolk
Round 4 July31st-Aug 2nd Barrow Cumbria
Round 5 August 28th-30th Blackpool Lancashire
Round 6 September 25th-27th Littlehampton West Sussex
Round 7 October 8th-10th Redcar Tee Side

All above events are subject to funding and – if funding is not agreed events may be pulled 30 days prior to dates .

Wave Events

These will be run on the first 3 dates that have wind – no wind no comp – they are weekend only events!

April – 4th-5th / 11th-12th / 18th-19th
May – 2nd-3rd / 23rd-24th / 30th-31st
June – 6th-7th / 13th-14th
Sept- 5th-6th / 12th-13th / 19th-20th
October- 3rd-4th / 24th-25th

At one of these locations due on the forecast and tides

Gwithian, Westward Ho, Gower Peninsula, Newgale, Isle of Wight, Norfolk

Notification will be made on Thursday Evening if an event will take place.

You must Pre Register and pay in advance – Heats will be drawn up prior to event.

Speed Rankings 2009

Throughout 2009 we will be running the BKSA GPS Speed rankings.

This will be a full list of up to date ranking of UK based riders using the international GPS ranking list.

You can do it anywhere anytime you like – Awards for the fastest Men and Ladies awards will be given out at the end of Year Prizegiving at the end of October – so get speeding – on the water!

Coaching Days

The BKSA will have more coaching days to BKSA members who have done a level 2 courses – to help with getting back on the water after the winter break or improve your riding

The courses taken by some of the top UK coaches will be taking place in the spring/ summer of 09

Dates and venues coming soon

Youth Training

The BKSA will also be having more regional youth training days this year

Dates and venues coming soon

Other Events

Still in development – TBC

1 Slider Event
1 Foreign Wave Jam (possible Portugal / Morocco) June 09

Wellington, NZ

Two kitesurfers have been reported missing and then accounted for, but emergency services were still looking for a kite surfer in a busy day on the waters around Wellington.

Strong winds have meant good conditions for wind and kite surfers but the Kapiti and Mana coastguards, the police maritime unit and other officers have been kept busy this afternoon with reports of surfers getting into trouble.

Searchers earlier this afternoon were looking for a windsurfer off the coast of Plimmerton after he disappeared from view after falling off his board just after 3pm.

He was accounted for a short time later, before another windsurfer was reported to have been pushed off his board further north, off Paraparaumu, about 6pm.

He was picked up by the coastguard about 6.45pm but his board was still at sea, "probably somewhere between Kapiti Island and the mainland", said Inspector Ken Climo of police central communications.

Then at 7.15pm, witnesses back towards Plimmerton reported seeing a kite surfer fail to get back up after a fall. The search for him was to continue until it started to get dark about 8.30pm, Mr Climo said.

Strong winds made conditions on the water attractive for wind and kite surfers, and a lot of locals were watching them.

However, onlookers were becoming concerned when they did not see them right themselves.

It was a difficult problem and police had to treat each report on its own merits, Mr Climo said.

"We want people to ring up," he said.

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