2009 KPWT Essaouira

It was an important quarterfinal for all the riders, as the results would decide the ultimate and final champion for this discipline for 2009.

In the first match up, Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN) faced a strong competitor in Mike Blomvall (SWE, NOBILE).

The first heat was postponed due to dropping wind conditions, but they managed to finish the heat in the latter stages of the round.

It was closely matched and the decision was not an easy one for the judges, but in the end Mike Blomvall progressed into the semi final.

He will face Vincent Tiger (FRA, F-ONE) after he defeated Mike Schitzhofer (AUS, JN), who has shown huge progress this year on the KPWT and will be eagerly watched next year.

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The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced today, that following a decision of the IKA Executive Committee, the PKRA Freestyle Tour will exclusively lead towards the 2010 Freestyle World Title.

This is following discussions about a clear structure in world wide freestyle competition kiteboarding. Thus the PKRA tour is awarding the Freestyle World Championship Title in 2010, while the continental titles for Asia and Europe are awarded through the Asian and European Continental Tours.

The IKA freestyle world ranking system will still combine all world ranking events into one united ranking, including national, continental and world tour events. Competitors thus find a clear pathway from their local and national events up to the world tour stops.

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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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