Kiteboarding: the tug-of-war over the government of the sport continues | Photo: Campbell/IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations (IFKO) continue the tug-of-war over the government of kiteboarding.

IFKO has recently announced that it has teamed up with the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) to establish "training and certification standards" that will "allow instructors to be trained in one country and teach in another country lawfully."

"We are uniting the kite community and offering a valuable support to national organizations becoming IFKO associated members thanks to this agreement with the IKO," underlined Diogo Paes, president of IFKO.

After running their first event in France - the Junior Kitesports Freestyle World Cup - IFKO prepares another one - the Kitefoil Silver Cup GP World Series. But the problem is that IKA and World Sailing don't recognize these events under the official guidelines.

"After consultation with World Sailing, IKA is forced to confirm that riders competing at this event will not be able to register for the upcoming European and World Championships, and the IKA Kitefoil GoldCup events in 2016 due to participation in a World Sailing Prohibited Event," stresses the organization led by Mirco Babini.

As a result, all kiteboarders participating in IFKO competitions will "lose their eligibility as required to compete in the IKA World and Continental Championships."

The noise around the sport of kiteboarding continues, and it doesn't show signs of stopping. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is taking notes with red ink.

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

+ Kiteboarding News

Are you on a week-long beach holiday? Have you bought bodyboard for your kid? Smart move. Get ready to introduce your offspring to the waves easily and safely. It is going to be fun.

+ Bodyboarding News

Brad Domke calls Cylinders his home. He's been riding it for more than a decade. But you've never seen him in board transfers like these.

+ Skimboarding News

Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

+ Wakeboarding News