- 01 January 2010 | Kiteboarding
The discipline system has been simplified for 2010, with the major disciplines being Freestyle, Course Racing, Wave Riding and Speed.
The two Freestyle Categories in 2009 have been a concession to the former two world tours, but it turned out that the stlyes are not that different apart from a few details. These details have been discusses in the IKA judging committee and as a result, there will be only one freestyle judging from 2010 on, and all events will be included in one unified world ranking.
Downwind Racing will disappear for the moment as a major discipline, as this kind of racing (including kitecross, boardercross, long distance, kiteslalom etc) has not developed far enough yet, but it will come up more and more as a second discipline event. World wide rules are to be developed in the near future to allow comparable competiton around the globe.
Other side-disciplines include Best Trick, Kiteloop, Speed Crossings, Kickers/Sliders etc.
Course Racing has developed to one of the most attracting formats in the meantime, with 19 events counting towards the 2009 world ranking by far the most popular discipline as far as numbers of competitors are converned.
- 29 December 2009 | Kiteboarding
The International Kiteboarding Federation (IKF) have been granted full World Championship title rights for the sport of Kiteboarding.
IKF is the World Governing Body for Kiteboarding, the official kiteboarding world championship title. Every KPWT (Kiteboard Pro World Tour) event will now be a sanctioned event by IKF.
Each sanctioned event will therefore count towards the IKF and it's recognized Kiteboarding Body. It will also announce the KPWT World Cup Championship title 2010 for Wave, Freestyle, Course Racing, Junior.
- 28 December 2009 | Kiteboarding
For 2010, the International Kiteboarding Class Association (IKA) announces the first official European Championships in Freestyle Kiteboarding.
A tour of five events will determine the best European Kiteboarder in the thrilling discipline of freestyle. Each individual event will also offer kiteboard racing with ranking points counting towards the IKA world ranking to cover two of the most attractive disciplines.
For 2010, the tour starts with stages in Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and at least one more country, and will have a total Price Money of more than 60.000€.
“Due to the fact that the tour will be hosted by existing and well introduced events such as Surf Cup Podersdorf, Kiteboard Open in Nordweijk and Kitesurf WorldCup Sylt, the Kitesurf Tour Europe attracts more than 250.000 spectators and ensures extensive European Media-Coverage via national identification by the media. For the riders, the series offers a great opportunity to compete in a professional set up without major travel expenses”, states Thilo Trefz, CEO of Brand Guides.
Brand Guides, the operator of this first european tour, is an Hamburg/Germany based agency specialized in lifestyle and extreme sports and founder of the german kiteboarding championship series, the Kitesurf Trophy which is held with 39 events since 2002.
“It`s a great step to present kiteboarding to the european audience at the most beautiful and popular beaches of Europe. We are happy to utilize Brand Guides` nine year expertise in running high level kiteboarding events for the execution of the Kitesurf Tour Europe”, Markus Schwendtner, Executive Secretary of the IKA added.