World Kiteboarding League is the sport's third tour

April 18, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Liam Whaley: riding for the World Kiteboarding League

Two months ago, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Kiteboarding Riders United (KRU) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. But things changed, and the sport has now three international circuits running simultaneously.

Chaos is still the best word to describe the status quo of kiteboarding. Athletes and fans are now even more confused. We had seen the birth of the World Kite Tour (WKT), the World Kite League (WKL), also known as Kiteboarding World Championships, and now there's the World Kiteboarding League.

KRU, an organization which represents 60 riders including Annelous Lammerts, Alex Pastor, Youri Zoon and Liam Whaley, announced the decision to run their own circuit.

"KRU is not the first sports union which has made this step. The WSL (World Surf League) were confronted with similar challenges in the past. The aim is to bring the sport to the next level," an official statement tells.

"The tour will be run as a franchise. KRU is a non-profit organization, and all the profit will be used to make a better and more professional tour. KRU gave their commercial rights for 2016 to the charity fund COP (Clean Ocean Project)."

KRU notes that 2016 will be a transition year, and the results of the IKA events at El Gouna (Egypt) and Leucate (France) will count towards the World Kiteboarding League rankings and title. The newly-announced circuit also adds that it will "respect the results of last year's VKWC World Tour."

For 2017, KRU wants to showcase the sport to a bigger audience, add a Tour sponsor, offer online broadcast, include US venues, and pay all riders' expenses.