Kite sports: IKFO wants to unite the clan | Photo: Alastair Campbell/Creative Commons

A group of kiteboarders and action sports professionals has announced the creation of the International Federation of Kitesports Organisations (IFKO).

In an especially turbulent moment for the sport of kiteboarding, the newly-created organization aims to represent national governing bodies, as well as all kite riders, i.e., kiteboarders/kitesurfers, snow kiters, and land kiters.

The IKFO has its headquarters located in Guincho, Portugal, and features a few well-known names in its founding council: Kirsty Jones, Dominique Cartan, and Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo.

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Ride Engine: new harnesses and spreader bars | Photo: Ride Engine

Ride Engine has announced the launch of two kiteboarding harness, as well as two additional spreader bars.

The Californian company founded by Coleman Buckley in 2010 believes it has developed the "the industry's first form-fitting hardshell kiteboarding harness." After releasing Hex Core, Ride Engine is ready for new ventures.

"The Team Series harness features a blend of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar construction, making this a strong, light and rigid harness ideal for hard-charging riders like Patrick Rebstock, who is front lining the series this year with his signature model," the kite brands notes.

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Kiteboarding: a war that leaves kites on the beach | Photo: IKA

The kiteboarding war between the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) continues, as the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) grants the newly-created Professional Kiteboarding Tour (PKT) a Special Event status. Confused?

ISAF is not helping the sport of kiteboarding. The confusing new format designed by the world governing body for the sport of sailing determines that IKA may crown single-event champions in the following disciplines and classes:

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