World Kite Tour announces lawsuit against IKA

February 4, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding: the new World Kite Tour has a dispute with IKA | Photo: PKRA

The World Kite Tour (WKT) have announced a lawsuit against the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).

First, the rebranding. The organization previously known as PKRA, VKWC and PKT has changed its name. Once again. In 2016, the circuit will no longer be led by the Virgin Group, and will run under a new insignia: World Kite Tour (WKT).

But the war in kiteboarding continues. The newly-formed World Kite Tour (WKT) will defend its interest in court as the ongoing dispute with IKA doesn't seem to end.

"Not only the legal rights of WKT will be protected, but also the possible running of two world tours in the same disciplines is most likely to be avoided," the WKT says in an official statement.

"On several cases, all means will be taken to protect the long-standing tradition of PKRA/WKT and its historic events as part of the tour."

The WKT will run as an official World Sailing-sanctioned kiteboarding world tour, and it is authorized to crown world champions. World Sailing also confirmed that the WKT will operate with a Special Event status, similar to windsurfing's PWA World Tour, Volvo Ocean Race, and America's Cup.

The provisional schedule for the 2016 World Kite Tour (WKT) is as follows:

France | April
Venezuela | May
Spain (Tarifa) | June
Sweden (Malmö) | July
Canary Islands | August
Germany (Fehmarn) | August/September
South Africa (Cape Town) | December