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PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby Toby » Mon May 25, 2009 10:08 pm

PKRA News:

PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) and the International
Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have announced today to enter a cooperation
with immediate effect. The first sanctioned PKRA event under this new
cooperation will be the PKRA KiteMasters Portimao in Portugal.

As of this writing, a sanctioning and cooperation agreement has been signed
by both parties, following up negotiations between PKRA Tour Manager
Mauricio Toscano and IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner.

As a result, the PKRA will be bidding farewell to the International Surfing
Association (ISA) which sanctioned previous PKRA events.

“The PKRA would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to the ISA
Executive Committee for their utmost sincerity in helping the PKRA these
previous months and for sanctioning past events including the recently
concluded Leucate Tour stop,” said Toscano. “We will be forever indebted
to their utmost graciousness especially when the PKRA was seeking an
International Class to sanction our events,” added Toscano.

Markus Schwendtner said, that “we are happy that we have overcome our
differences and that we have achieved our goal now to unite international
competition kiteboarding under one umbrella. This enables us to develop
kiteboarding with the help and input from all interested parties”.

The PKRA will be governed now by the International Sailing Federations
(ISAF) racing Rules of Sailing and have their world tour included in the
unified IKA world rankings, while the IKA agreed to give more influence to
the riders regarding the development of rules and judging guidelines, to
further unify and develop the sport of kiteboarding.

“We are really looking forward do drive the sport forward with the help of
the national associations as well as the professional tour operators, that
have done a great job in developing competition kiteboarding in the past
years”, Schwendtner concluded.

The International Kiteboarding Association is an International Class
Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). It is the world
wide governing body of kiteboarding, amongst other responsibilities managing
the global administration of the sport and combining world events into one
united ranking.
The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association has been in the forefront of
professional kiteboarding, organizing world-class, professional kiteboarding
events and the PKRA World Tour since 2000. It is a highly-respected
kiteboarding organization which aims to promote the advancement of
kiteboarding as well as the riders it represents.

For more information please visit or contact:
http://www.prokitetour.com

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby PRESS RELEASE » Mon May 25, 2009 10:13 pm

Well done ! :thumb:

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby cyberdog1899 » Mon May 25, 2009 10:39 pm

Are we gonna have unified World Champion by the end of the year?

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby Toby » Mon May 25, 2009 11:01 pm

I think we gonna have two different champs, like before, but different type of freestyle.

Like progressive freestyle and classic freestyle or so. I think for next year they will find a way to have one champ for different disciplines, more separated than now.

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby nomorebikinis » Mon May 25, 2009 11:12 pm

Because i am not too experienced i do not really comprehend the whole message or meaning of this cooperation. There is 1 thing (that I think I understand) and do not agree with:
“We are really looking forward do drive the sport forward with the help of the national associations"
My opinion is that my national association should focus on local matters in my country, keep the spots open, communicate with local authorities and focus on safety in the sport, the gear, the spots, teaching matters, well all these things ordinary kiters think important. What does my national organisation gets back from this cooperation? more safety on my local spot, better communication with the local municipality and authorities, better kite insurance for my gear or when i want to travel? Perhaps a naief comment but does this implies that my national association will (in the end) donate monies to this cooperation. Does "help" imply money or recognition.

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby sq225917 » Tue May 26, 2009 11:07 am

That's great news, everyone at Best is really pleased that the PKRA and IKA have been able to come to a compromise over this issue. The future for competitive kiteboarding looks better than ever.

it's amazing what can be done when the thumbscrews are turned a little...

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby Carsten12345 » Tue May 26, 2009 11:19 am

For which price has this been "achieved"? Does anyone know?

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby Toby » Tue May 26, 2009 11:50 am

I don't know, just heard that both parties gave way towards each other. This is good, only with compromises things can be achieved.

And due to the crisis we all need to work together to make things better anyway.

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Re: PKRA & IKA Sign Cooperation Agreement

Postby Satan » Tue May 26, 2009 12:22 pm

As long as they stay away from the "world governing body of all kitesurfers" business model, good for them. In other words I don't give a sh1t in that I have never been to any sanctioned even nor will I ever go.

Hopefully they have learned that 99.9% of kitesurfers don't want to be governed or certified and prefer to buy their insurance from a knowledgable insurance agent instead of some cracker-jack kitesurf company.


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