IKA wins battle against Richard Branson and VKWC

August 20, 2015 | Kiteboarding
St. Peter-Ording: the kite lines between IKA and VKWC were cut | Photo: Flysurfer

The fifth stop on the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships is overshadowed by a silent war taking place in the heart of kiteboarding.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has announced that it has received an official statement from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) saying it owns the right to crown world champions and run kite events.

"The IKA is entitled to award a specific set of World Championships and the sole right to hold these is granted to IKA. It is further clarified, that ISAF will not grant permission for a World Championships to 'Virgin Kiteboarding'," writes the organization led by Mirco Babini.

"It is the goal of IKA to give the sport back to the riders and to involve all stakeholders' opinions in the development of the sport, as well as to guarantee that rules and judging systems are used which ensure that the best rider will be crowned 2015 world champion."

As a result, the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup, scheduled to run in St. Peter-Ording, Germany, is forced to suspend talks and works with the organization led by Richard Branson.

The war isn't over, and it already seems clear that the only loser is, and will be, the sport of kiteboarding.

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