IKA with KPWT

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) today announced that they have entered a long term cooperation. All events of the KPWT tour will be sanctioned by the IKA and count towards the first officially ISAF sanctioned world championship title.

“This agreement launches a new era of kiteboarding – a significant step forward in the development of the sport in general and unified rules and rankings in particular” said Markus Schwendtner, Executive Secretary of the IKA, which has recently become an ISAF international class.

 “We are happy to work together with the KPWT, the first professional kiteboarding tour, and especially with Frederic Gravoille, who brought up competition kiteboarding about ten years ago.” Schwendtner continues.

“Our organizations complement each other in a perfect way, with our experience over the past years and the IKAs connection to the international sailing community we are sure to be able to properly develop both rules and disciplines, lift kiteboarding to the next level and gain reputation. We have been working on building up kiteboarding since 1998, and it is a great opportunity for us to become our tour officially sanctioned by IKA and ISAF. This is a big step for kiteboarding and the KPWT, 2009 will see a very exciting series for the World Championship Title,” Frederic Gravoille, tour manager of the KPWT states.

The agreement includes the sanction of the KPWT tour events as well as the development of world wide unifed rules and ranking systems.

The IKAs intention is to unify the international kiteboarding community under the well respected umbrella of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which officially approved a kiteboarding world championship title for the first time in 2009.

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World Sailing Speed Record 

We have encountered a lot of confusion about the ratification of the 50.26 knots run by Sebastien Cattelan earlier this year in Luderitz, Namibia, and the upcoming claim for 50.57 knots by Alexandre Caizergues.

WSSRC newsletter number 165 states: "Note that at the November Conference 2008, ISAF clarified that a kite-powered craft cannot be recognised as the holder of The World Sailing Speed Record."

At this stage we only want to clarify that the WSSRC has been always supportive to Kiteboarding and has made clear that they see kiteboards fully eligible to claim the outright speed sailing record. We are working on this topic now with full energy to resolve the matter.

The International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC) and the International Kiteboarding Class Associstion (IKA) both officially acknowledge kiteboarders as rightful speed sailing outright world record holders. Kiteboards fully qualify under the ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing and the WSSRC rulebook for the outright record.

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2008 Irish Kitesurfing Champions 

The final competition of 2008 Irish Kitesurfing Championship was another no wind event, and so the placings are unchanged since Tyrella.

Well done to all competitors, in particular Eamon Armstrong, Nika Kupiw and young Stefan Vance, the final winners of the Pro's, Ladies and Amateurs.

The winners have been presented with the new IKSA perpetual trophies, created by MandN Furniture Design.

Results:

Pros

1st Eamon Armstrong (LSD Kiteboarding, Flexifoil, Underground, Pro-limit, Sooruz)

2nd Olivier Corbrun (Pure Magic, Best Kiteboarding, ABoards)

3rd Eddie Hawkins / Ross Harte (Wildrover kitesurfing, Ozone / Pure Magic, Cabhrina)

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