PKRA leaves ISA and joins International Kiteboarding Association

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) have announced today to enter a cooperation with immediate effect. The first sanctioned PKRA event under this new cooperation will be the PKRA KiteMasters Portimao in Portugal.

As of this writing, a sanctioning and cooperation agreement has been signed by both parties, following up negotiations between PKRA Tour Manager Mauricio Toscano and IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner.

As a result, the PKRA will be bidding farewell to the International Surfing Association (ISA) which sanctioned previous PKRA events.

“The PKRA would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to the ISA Executive Committee for their utmost sincerity in helping the PKRA these previous months and for sanctioning past events including the recently concluded Leucate Tour stop,” said Toscano. “We will be forever indebted to their utmost graciousness especially when the PKRA was seeking an International Class to sanction our events,” added Toscano.

Markus Schwendtner said, that “we are happy that we have overcome our differences and that we have achieved our goal now to unite international competition kiteboarding under one umbrella. This enables us to develop kiteboarding with the help and input from all interested parties”.

The PKRA will be governed now by the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing and have their world tour included in the unified IKA world rankings, while the IKA agreed to give more influence to the riders regarding the development of rules and judging guidelines, to further unify and develop the sport of kiteboarding.

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Damien Leroy

Damien Leroy and Stacey Fonas have won the 2009 Miami Kitemasters freestyle competition this past weekend at Crandon Park, FL.

In the men\'s final, Alex Fox was second and Thibault Michiels third.

Stacey edged out Melissa Gil in the finals on her 9.5m Kahoona, impressing the judges with a huge kiteloop and aggressive riding style.

She also finished 3rd in the course racing part of the event. Stacey is Best’s team manager and is an inspiring female rider in the US kiteboarding competition scene.

Keep your eye out for her at upcoming events!

Finally, Mike Gebhardt and Melissa Gil won the 2009 Miami Kitemastes course racing competition.

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Kitesurfing simulator created in Belgium

Belgium entrepreneurs from "Surf and Fly" have created an innovative kitesurfing simulator perfect for teaching kiteboarding in a river or open sea.

The first kitesurf simulator is built in a boat and stands two meters above the kiteboarder, in order to imitate a true kite ride and sailing changes produced by the wind.

You can test the kitesurfing simulator in Knokke, Belgium. The reservations can be made from June till September.