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IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:07 pm

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IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) today announced that they have entered a long term cooperation. All events of the KPWT tour will be sanctioned by the IKA and count towards the first officially ISAF sanctioned world championship title.

“This agreement launches a new era of kiteboarding – a significant step forward in the development of the sport in general and unified rules and rankings in particular” said Markus Schwendtner, Executive Secretary of the IKA, which has recently become an ISAF international class.

“We are happy to work together with the KPWT, the first professional kiteboarding tour, and especially with Frederic Gravoille, who brought up competition kiteboarding about ten years ago.” Schwendtner continues.

“Our organizations complement each other in a perfect way, with our experience over the past years and the IKAs connection to the international sailing community we are sure to be able to properly develop both rules and disciplines, lift kiteboarding to the next level and gain reputation. We have been working on building up kiteboarding since 1998, and it is a great opportunity for us to become our tour officially sanctioned by IKA and ISAF. This is a big step for kiteboarding and the KPWT, 2009 will see a very exciting series for the World Championship Title,” Frederic Gravoille, tour manager of the KPWT states.

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The agreement includes the sanction of the KPWT tour events as well as the development of world wide unifed rules and ranking systems. The IKAs intention is to unify the international kiteboarding community under the well respected umbrella of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which officially approved a kiteboarding world championship title for the first time in 2009.

Details about the upcoming rules and ranking system for 2009 are expected to be published in the next weeks, as well as the schedule for the 2009 world cup.

The International Kiteboarding Association is officially sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as world wide governing body for kiteboarding.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby tommykite » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:00 pm

Does anyone really care about the KPWT ? All the good riders only compete in the PKRA...

Wouldn't doing away with the KPWT be a better idea. I doubt any KPWT rider could beat any one of the top 10 PKRA riders. Am I wrong? Whats the point? KPWT just give it up and lets have one big fat sweet world tour. :thumb:

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby experienced1 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:03 pm

Markus:
don't think this is the right approach..at least until I see how points are assigned for different events and tours. Rather than points..why not make it simple?
Example:
Kite Course Racing....take the top 5 from the KPWT, PKRA, Cabrinha Race Series, Maybe top 15 from the US Nationals. This is a max of 30 riders but there will be some duplications. These riders all qualify for the World Championship event. Add to these 30 riders, the National Champs from other countries, as well as champions from other sanctioned events. You end up with about maybe 60 of the world's best kite course racers all competing against each other in one 4-5 day event.

Could do the same for freestyle....take the 10 ten from the KPWT and PKRA pllus National Champs (sanctioned events) and all would qualify for one World Championship event. You end up with maybe 30-40 max who would compete against each other in a 4-5 day event.
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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby IKA » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:26 am

Yes thats more or less the plan, but the details still need some finetuning. Another sweet thing about a unified world ranking - you get some serious plan to do the seedings. Just give us some more time to finalize this.

Just to make that sure .- there is no exlusivity or so to any of the existing tours, but negotiations with KPWT went faster as with the PKRA, which wants some kind of exclusivity. We hope that they come around and join the stuff, and then finally they can battle it out on the water who the true world champion is.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby windmaker » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:33 am

Does anyone really care about the KPWT ? All the good riders only compete in the PKRA...

Wouldn't doing away with the KPWT be a better idea. I doubt any KPWT rider could beat any one of the top 10 PKRA riders. Am I wrong? Whats the point? KPWT just give it up and lets have one big fat sweet world tour.


Any PKRA rider is free to also compete in KPWT events if he pleases. The point is to get everybody together on one tour. The competition should be between the riders, not the tours.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby ian c » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:41 am

Only 5 riders in the whole world could afford to do the whole KPWT tour. ie your could buy a top 5 placing for the year if you were a half decent rider...

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:43 pm

The competition should be between the riders, not the tours.


well said.

Both tours have their good and bad parts. And very different riders. I think it is good to have both tours, since people are different, and this way there are more options for the riders. Which is good.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby gbleck » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:31 pm

I belive the idea is that your ranking isn't adversly affected if you don't do an event compared to if you are in a tour but miss a stop.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby Satan » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:32 pm

You got three businesses: PKRA, KPWT, and IKA. PKRA has all the money and the best riders now so they're unlikely to share. IKA and KPWT hope that by combining forces they can get some of the PKRA money/riders. PKRA would have to be stupid to open up to the IKA/KPWT axis of administrative bureaucracy.

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Re: IKA and KPWT enter broad cooperation agreement

Postby experienced1 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:55 pm

Satan:
don't think you are correct...looks like KPWT has as much prize $$$ or more
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