PKRA and KPWT: a battle dividing world kiteboarding

January 13, 2010 | Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is still divided by two walls: PKRA and KPWT

Kiteboarding, as fast growing world sport, lives days of thunder.

Right now, we have two major kite competitions at the same time: PKRA and KPWT. Both of them have stops in the same countries and, sometimes, even in the same beach.

There are world champions for two tastes. Despite the passing of time, managers of PKRA and KPWT could not unite efforts and bring a true modern and spectacular kiteboarding world tour. But, the problems do not end here.

There are also two governing bodies for the sport, although only one - International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) - is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Lately, PKRA has been confirmed by IKA as the official kiteboarding world competition for the several disciplines. At the same time, the International Kiteboard Federation (IKF) supports the KPWT events.

Everything seems to be sailing backwards in kiteboarding. There are many paths, but the ISAF must end this longtime battle with a clear and definitive rule in an attempt to dream of having kiteboarding in the Olympic Games.

Surfing has been running a very long and solid road to get into the Olympics. It would be a miracle if kiteboarding - with all these severe divisions - could do it in the short term.

Kiteboarding deserves better winds but the weather forecast is still very unfavorable.

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