IKA defines the World Kiteboarding Ranking

The current world ranking, or better said "virtual world ranking" is our approach to reflect competition kiteboarding results from last season, and to transform them into a fair ranking in 2009.

For this "virtual" ranking we took the overall ranking position of each rider in the KPWT and the PKRA rankings in each discipline, and scored them as follows:

- points for four freestlye super grand slams (factor 9) from both KPWT and PKRA rankings

- points for four racing grand slams (factor 4)

- points for two wave grand slams (factor 4)

- points for one speed grand slam (factor 4)

Due to the points model this resulted in the rankings for each discipline, and an overall ranking.

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Coconet Classic 2009 

This year the Coconet Classic will be holding both a freestyle kitesurfing competition (open to all competitors) and the National Kitesurfing Titles. So whether you’re a serious competitor or a social rider the Coconet Classic is for you.The event is scheduled to 8th-12th April, in Boyne Island / Tannum Sands. 

Anyone can enter the freestyle competition simply by going to the sign up section, entering your details and paying your registration fees.

If you’re interested in competing in the nationals, you must get your pre-qualifying forms in before the end of February.

To pre-qualify, simply download the form under the picture and email it back. Once you’ve been notified by the AKSA as a pre-qualifier, you’re free to register and pay in the sign up section.

Entry is just $125 and gets you:
Entry into the kitesurfing competition (you can enter both formats
at no extra cost)
BBQ for 4 days
Free ticket into the Coconet Classic Music Festival
Share in prizes

What do I do once selected as a qualifier for the nationals?
Once you’re selected as a qualifier, you will then need to register and pay online, simply by going to the sign up section. After you’ve signed up, you’ll receive your confirmation and receipt via email, together with you music festival ticket.

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Ruakaka Beach

The bar-tailed godwit, a plump wading bird that undertakes the world's most spectacular migration, is under threat in one of its winter sanctuaries in Northland.

Kiteboarders have invaded the Ruakaka Wildlife Reserve, causing havoc among the birds as they prepare for their annual 11,000km migration.

Every spring, godwits fly from New Zealand to their breeding grounds in Alaska, an epic nonstop trip that takes up to nine days.

Conservationists say the birds have been harassed by kiteboarders, who harness wind power to zip across the water on small surfboards.

Ruakaka is an important sanctuary for the godwits because its sandbanks remain exposed during very high tides.

Thousands of creatures flock to the Ruakaka River's estuary from nearby Whangarei Harbour, where they spend the winter months roosting and nesting. Over the past two years, though, the sheltered waters of the little estuary have drawn increasing numbers of kiteboard-carrying visitors.

Bird protection volunteers say they encroach on the sandbanks, disturbing the godwits and frightening them away.

One volunteer, Margaret Hicks, said the birds and the kiteboarders were competing for "the same space, the same sea, the same sandbanks, the same air".

"You can imagine who's coming off worse. If everywhere else is under water, where the hell are the birds going to go? I've seen nests abandoned and eggs left to die."

While most kiteboarders left when told about the birds, a small hardcore of locals paid no heed, and were an "absolute nightmare".

"They are arrogant and selfish, and they don't give a damn about the environment," Ms Hicks said.

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