ISAF wants to halt the 2009 PKRA World Tour

We regret to announce, that the PKRA has declared not to accept the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) mediation result after more than one month of intense negotiations.

This has forced ISAF Secretary General, Mr. Jerome Pels, to issue this formal statement to PKRA president Mauricio Toscano:

“Dear Mr Toscano,

It is with regret that I understand the PKRA has decided to decline any further involvement in the mediation process to reach agreement with our recognized member, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). ISAF have invested a lot of time and effort in this process and your reasoning does not seem consistent with the negotiations that have taken place. If there is anything further that ISAF can do to restart this process and come to agreement then we would urge you to reconsider.

If you proceed, as indicated in the email from Mr Paul Caswell dated 29 March 2009, then the ramifications of this decision are as follows:

ISAF will not recognize the PKRA “World” Tour and as such ISAF will make this fact clear to our Member National Authorities.

According to ISAF regulation 19.4.1(c) the PKRA tour is a prohibited event if it continues to use the word “world”, either in the title of the event or
otherwise.

Sailors who participate in the PKRA Tour may have difficulty entering and competing in the ISAF recognized IKA World Tour or other National events
as they may have their ISAF eligibility suspended according to ISAF regulation 19.4.

Yours sincerely
Jerome Pels
Secretary General“

It is expected, that the latest PKRA announcement to be recognised by a surfing association now, will only be a short intermezzo, as ISAF has already taken all necessary action to protect its rights against illegimite use.

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PKRA joins ISA

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) announced today that starting with the 2009 season, all PKRA events will be sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

In a formal letter sent to PKRA President Mauricio Toscano and PKRA Vice President Paul Caswell, ISA President Fernando Aguerre expressed delight in welcoming the PKRA under its wing. In addition to being recognized as an association member, ISA also granted sanctioning to the PKRA World Tour events.

“This ISA recognition will further enhance PKRA’s solid footing in Professional Kitesurfing and we consider this as another step forward in further uplifting the level of the sport of kitesurfing worldwide,” said Toscano.

The ISA recognition will not only adjoin more professional value to the PKRA events and activities but it will also create a new level of confidence to event organizers as far as government support and industry recognition is concerned.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing and all surf-riding activities, including short board, long board, body board, knee board, skim board, tow in and stand up paddle surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World Championships since 1980.

Since 2000, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has been in the forefront of professional kitesurfing, organizing world-class, professional kitesurfing events and the PKRA World Tour. Over the years of running professional kitesurfing events around the world, PKRA has developed a competition format largely with the input of the competitors, with a riders’ committee in charge of reviewing current competition rules and formats. PKRA membership includes some of the best National Kitesurfing Bodies in worldwide. Its headquarters is located in Maui, Hawaii.

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Pamela Anderson 

Pamela Anderson's boyfriend Jamie Padgett got involved in a kitesurfing accident, during their holidays in Hawaii.

The 41-year-old Baywatch actress was at the beach, when Padgett got into trouble with his kite gear and landed in the water.

Curiously, several lifeguards - she didn't - run to his aid, although Jamie Padgett was able to get out of the water without a major injury.

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