St. Peter-Ording: the kite lines between IKA and VKWC were cut | Photo: Flysurfer

The fifth stop on the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships is overshadowed by a silent war taking place in the heart of kiteboarding.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has announced that it has received an official statement from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) saying it owns the right to crown world champions and run kite events.

"The IKA is entitled to award a specific set of World Championships and the sole right to hold these is granted to IKA. It is further clarified, that ISAF will not grant permission for a World Championships to 'Virgin Kiteboarding'," writes the organization led by Mirco Babini.

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Maldives: a kiteboarding heaven | Photo: Afraa and Pato

The island of Funadhoo, in Maldives, hosted the first-ever kiteboarding event in the archipelago.

The event took place on the 15th August 2015, and it was organized by the Funadhoo Island Council with the help of the Funadhoo Kite Spot members.

"The youth and the people of the island are hoping for another big event, and mores chances to promote these sports in this island, and in the nearby area. They are proud after making history," underlines Hassan "Rushh" Rasheed, a local photographer and sports enthusiast.

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Kiteboarding: there are thousands of kite fanatics Down Under | Photo: KA

Kiteboarding is changing in Australia. After many years of unstable management formulas, there's finally an official governing body for the sport. And it is up and running.

A grand round of applause to Kiteboarding Australia (KA), the peak body for kiteboarding Down Under. KA is the result of a long and strenuous process, in a country with thousands of enthusiastic riders.

The Australian Kite Surfing Association (AKSA) was founded in 2001 by a group of kiteboarders in the face of growing concern by Australian coastal councils about the dangers that kiteboarding could pose to them legally and financially.

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