Kiteboarding: IKA's kitefoil is recognized by World Sailing | Photo: IKA

The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding has relocated to Switzerland.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) revealed that following discussions at the latest annual general meeting, the organization is no longer incorporated under the German law.

"Switzerland is offering excellent conditions, and that is one of the reasons why most international associations and federations are located in the country," noted IKA.

"Incorporation in Switzerland carries many advantages, from favorable association tax laws to automatic limitation of liability for directors and members."

IKA has also decided to close the management company in Gibraltar which was used to limit the liability of members and directors.

It is not clear whether the physical headquarters will remain in Prévessin-Moëns, France. The kiteboarding organization hasn't updated the contact address on their website and social networks.

The International Kiteboarding Association was founded by Guillaume Fournier in April 2008. By November, it was already an official class sanctioned by the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

World Sailing recognizes four different types of equipment withing the kiteboarding class: Formula Kite, Open, Twin Tip Racing, and Kitefoil.

The International Windsurfing Association (IWA), also affiliated with World Sailing, has its headquarters in Hayling Island, United Kingdom. The International Surfing Association, a stand-alone governing body, has its headquarters in California, USA.

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