Confusion reigns in professional kiteboarding

July 27, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Fuerteventura: kiteboarding is under pressure | Photo: VKWC

René Egli, the organizer behind the Fuerteventura World Cup, is a man under pressure. Who will he respond to when the event kicks off in the Canary Islands?

The cancelation of the contract between the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) meant that only IKA can crown Freestyle world champions.

Nevertheless, and according to the organization led by Richard Branson, the Fuerteventura World Cup will go ahead, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), as a one-off event.

"VKWC confirms that the Fuerteventura Kitesurfing World Championships will proceed in accordance with its event contract with the local organizer [René Egli]. The riders, the stability and continuity of the sport are essential to VKWC and its partners," the VKWC says in an official statement.

"ISAF, IKA and the VKWC will meet shortly in London to ensure the class and its unique events move forward in the best interests of kiteboarding, its riders, and sponsors, and to preserve the long-term future of the class."

Additionally, the newly-created insignia, which replaces the PKRA, says that it is "looking forward to producing a wonderful and exciting kitesurfing event in Fuerteventura together with the local organizer René Egli."

However, IKA notes that they are "the sole owner of the Freestyle and Big Air World Titles and will run the event in Fuerteventura together with the local organizing team."

IKA adds that Olaf van Tol will be the contest director, and that there will be made "several improvements to the judging system," in order to "give the sport back to the riders and get all stakeholders together."

So, which entity will manage the Fuerteventura event? Confusion reigns in the sport of kiteboarding. The Olympic dream is, once again, starting to become a dreadful nightmare.

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