Kiteboarding will try to enter the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

With the successful bid of Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Sailing Regatta 2016 held on the beaches of the Copacabana, Kiteboarding would perfectly suit into this scenery and add a true highlight to the Olympic Games.

Have a first look at the 2009 brochure and learn more about what kiteboard racing has to offer to the Olympic Games.

"Kiteboarding is the purest form of sailing and would be an awesome addition to the Olympic Family within the framework of the 2016 Olympic Sailing Event. Kiteracing is not weight sensitive and all of your equipment can fit in the back of a regular car. Its colorful, dynamic, inexpensive and super easy to learn... and can be done in water as shallow as 2 inches deep, opening up many places where no other craft can navigate. As a five-time Olympic Athlete within the sport of Windsurfing and now a professional kiteboarder, I feel Kiteboarding would marry well within ISAF's umbrella of international and Olympic Sailing events. Why not introduce the sport to the world for the 2016 Olympics. It is the most modern and efficient form of wind powered sailing on the planet.", says two-time olympic medalist Michael Gebhardt (USA), member of the IKAs Olympic Commission.

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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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PKRA

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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