Kiteboarding: IKA will crown all champions | Photo: Travis Hayto/IKA

The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKA) is taking over professional kitesurfing.

The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding has announced that, in 2016, it will crown world champions across all disciplines: Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom.

IKA released an official statement promising events all around the globe. The organization led by Mirco Babini also confirmed the end of a contract with PKRA/VKWC, the brand and world tour founded by Richard Branson (Virgin) and Javier Perez Dolset (Zed Group).

"Events are planned to be held on all five continents, with the main focus remaining on the coveted Freestyle World Championship Title," explains IKA.

"Where conditions allow, Big Air, Wave and Slalom disciplines will complement most events program. Some venues will only host individual discipline events to showcase the sport at its best and to take advantage of each locations prevailing conditions."

According to IKA, the 2016 world tour will include events in Turkey, Italy, the Middle East, Egypt, Cabo Verde and Australia. The organization plans to discuss the re-introduction of live scoring and live streaming, trials in all events, and media management, in the upcoming weeks.

"A key focus is set on evolving the rules for the individual disciplines, as well as the judging criteria and judging systems which were controversially discussed in the 2015 season," continues IKA.

"IKA will collaborate with riders committees, industry representatives and event organizers to include all stakeholders input into the shaping of the sport and invites all parties to an open dialogue in the lead up to the 2016 competition season."

The stakes are truly high for IKA, as the institution will have to improve on Branson's successful VKWC sports model. How will riders react? Which kitesurfing brands are willing to embark on the new restart? With a focus being placed on freestyle kiteboarding, will there be evolution and competitiveness in the remaining disciplines?

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