Fuerteventura: kiteboarding is under pressure | Photo: VKWC

René Egli, the organizer behind the Fuerteventura World Cup, is a man under pressure. Who will he respond to when the event kicks off in the Canary Islands?

The cancelation of the contract between the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) meant that only IKA can crown Freestyle world champions.

Nevertheless, and according to the organization led by Richard Branson, the Fuerteventura World Cup will go ahead, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), as a one-off event.

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2015 Formula Kite World Championships: sailing under the sun | Photo: Icarus Sailing Media

Maxime Nocher and Elena Kalinina have conquered the 2015 Formula Kite World Championships, in Gizzeria, Italy.

In the last day of competition, Oliver Bridge tangled with Blazej Ozog on a tack while ahead in the third of the day's four medal races and was awarded a costly disqualification.

The jury only made a decision after the fleet's last race. Bridge, 17, was inconsolable after seeing his title bid evaporate for the second year in succession. Nocher caught a plastic bag in the water, broke a fin and placed eighth in his day's final race.

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Virgin Kitesurf World Championships: stop it, say IKA | Photo: VKWC

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has decided to cancel all agreements with the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC).

The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding will no longer allow the Freestyle World Tour to be run under the organization led by Richard Branson.

IKA intends to oversee the running of the forthcoming two confirmed events in Fuerteventura, Spain, and St Peter Ording, Germany. The decision puts an end to months of negotiations between both parties.

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