The Internationall Kiteboarding Association (IKA) regret that KPWT and IKF have chosen to divide the international kiteboarding community by going their way separate from IKA and ISAF (International Sailing Federation).

To protect the interests of our national members as well as the thousands of competition kiteboarders they represent, we will have to request ISAF to impose Regulation 19 (Starting Eligibility) on any competitor taking part in any IKF / KPWT event or in events of their affiliated partners.

This means, that all such competitors loose their starting eligibility for official IKA/ISAF sanctioned events, this includes the PKRA tour as well as the continental european and asian tours, and national championships.

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2009 KPW Essaouira

It is looking more promising however for the rest of the competition with wind arriving late on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

After the skippers meeting at 11, Sprite gave all the riders caps and hoodies and obviously many sprites!

There was a great feeling amongst all and a picture of the occasion was taken to commemorate the fantastic moment.

Today, the riders enjoyed the swell that had arrived at the Wave spot just south of Essaouira.

They took the opportunity to enjoy the sun, the waves and work on their surfing.

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Kiteboard Tour Asia

Well it has to be said that in the end typhoon Nida has had more than its fair share of input to the 2nd round of the KTA.

Nida, which appeared in the region last week has twisted the regions weather patterns, which at the competition venue in Hong Kong has meant wind directions varying from bang on North through to South East and even beyond due South at times. In the end this sadly resulted in no further competition for the event over the last two days.

The forecasts however said different giving a force 5 Easterly for the last day in the early morning, so in full anticipation of a day of freestyle competition the riders and KTA crew moved on mass to the East flat-water bay at Shiu Hau.

But despite the early start and the stubborn resilience of one and all it was not to be. The wind again moved through from a early NE over to SW almost by the end without much of the predicted strength giving the assembled riders only one short blast of riding as it blew in from due East.

Today of course the day after the KTA has ended the wind is perfect and those riders lucky enough not to be on homebound flights, they have finally been given the chance to enjoy the great flat-water conditions at Shiu Hau.

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