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PKRA Becomes a Member of the ISA

Postby Toby » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:45 pm

PKRA Becomes a Member of the ISA

March 25, 2009 – The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA)
announced today that starting with the 2009 season, all PKRA events will be
sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

In a formal letter sent to PKRA President Mauricio Toscano and PKRA Vice
President Paul Caswell, ISA President Fernando Aguerre expressed delight in
welcoming the PKRA under its wing. In addition to being recognized as an
association member, ISA also granted sanctioning to the PKRA World Tour

“This ISA recognition will further enhance PKRA’s solid footing in
Professional Kitesurfing and we consider this as another step forward in
further uplifting the level of the sport of kitesurfing worldwide,” said

The ISA recognition will not only adjoin more professional value to the PKRA
events and activities but it will also create a new level of confidence to
event organizers as far as government support and industry recognition is

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for
surfing and all surf-riding activities, including short board, long board,
body board, knee board, skim board, tow in and stand up paddle surfing. It
was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and
has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World
Championships since 1980.

Since 2000, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has been in
the forefront of professional kitesurfing, organizing world-class,
professional kitesurfing events and the PKRA World Tour. Over the years of
running professional kitesurfing events around the world, PKRA has developed
a competition format largely with the input of the competitors, with a
riders’ committee in charge of reviewing current competition rules and
formats. PKRA membership includes some of the best National Kitesurfing
Bodies in worldwide. Its headquarters is located in Maui, Hawaii. It is
presided by PKRA President Mauricio Toscano.

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