ISAF soothes tension in the kiteboarding world

July 29, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding: the best is yet to come | Photo: Ungaro/VKWC

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that the upcoming Fuerteventura Kitesurfing World Championships will go ahead under the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) insignia.

The ISAF, the VKWC and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have met in London to discuss the future of professional kiteboarding and the official world tour.

"The positive and productive discussions between the parties included the exciting investment being made by Virgin in this growing area of the sport, and all bodies are working together to conclude a long-term agreement to govern the future management and operations of the Championship," ISAF tells in a statement.

"In particular, there is common agreement that the future arrangements need to ensure a flexible and commercial approach to developing the professional tour, whilst ensuring and safeguarding the fairness of competition and the interests of the riders."

As a result, both ISAF and IKA will work with the organization led by Richard Branson in Fuerteventura, "to provide support to the event promoter and assure riders of the fairness of competition."

ISAF, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, also underlines that only the cooperation and planning between all organisations will further progress the class towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

All three parties have not clarified whether the German stage in St. Peter-Ording will be run under the VKWC flag.