Important information for this season is that there is a change in the way in which rankings and titles will be organised. As our sport continues to develop globally and the IKA strives to consolidate things for each discipline and deliver the new Olympic bid for 2020, we have agreed together a change in the title/ranking structure. These changes we understand will also be adopted by our European counterparts the KTE for its next season.
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As well as keeping pace with the developments in our sport these changes will also allow us to tailor events differently to suit the sponsorship levels we have, while not losing the points value for the riders taking part. The new approach will further allow us to include and support the national level competitions and series that are beginning to grow around the region, giving riders more opportunities to improve their overall ranking position.
From this season the rankings and titles will be as follows –
- Asian Championship titles will be awarded to Freestyle, RB Formula Race Class and the TT Race Class.
- Asian Championship titles are open only to riders who are holders of Asian passports.
- Asian Freestyle titles will remain tour based and require a minimum of 3 KTA rounds to be awarded. If there are more than 3 rounds then the Freestyle titles will be award at the final Freestyle round of the season.
- The Asian Championship titles for the RB Formula Race Class and the TT Race Class will be awarded via the IKA Asian Course Race Championship for that season.
- All KTA open tour titles will be replaced with an Asia Continental Ranking. This will be a continuous rolling system that will show all rider ranking positions at all times.
- The Asian Continental Ranking is open to riders of all nationalities.
- All IKA/KTA sanctioned events, national, international or championship will score towards the Asian Continental Ranking.
The KTA of course remains completely open to all riders and with this new system it will also allow us to encompass a wider range of events. The changes also reflect the rising level of Asian riders, as often now for the past couple of seasons the riders taking the Asia and the Open titles have been one and the same people.
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Only Open events will not be ranked – open events being those that have non-IKA competitions as the focus of the competition taking place, for example Big Air comps or long-distance racing. We know this might take time to get to grips with fully, but please feel free to talk to us about it at any time.
So that is the update for now and we look forward to seeing you all for the season kick-off in December.
Only Open events will not be ranked – open events being those that have non-IKA competitions as the focus of the competition taking place, for example Big Air comps
something is wrong in this sport...
I see above tours for wakeboarding, surfing and sailing. And Big Air does not even get a ranking.
Sad what happened to this sport...and time to start something new that brings back the main focus to the sport. Just an addition to the existing, that will please spectators, media and the riders who have a blast with every session they do, without risking injuries too much.
One day this dream will come true...
get a big sponsor
then give big prizes... 10,000 euro for the winner.
then you get all the best riders come in for the money.
then get ESPN to videoshoot and broadcast.
then get even more sponsors
Do this for several times a year and the ISAF couldn't ignore Bigair anymore.
Well I reckon, a sponsorhip/investment of 2,5M will do the job.
Some investors out there are more interested in having their name in the book of the history of a sport and to been seen as the fathers of this sport than ROI.
What I have seen so far from any kitesurfing event lately has never impressed me at all. (except the Red Bull ones sometimes)
Dont get me wrong, it is easy to critisise.
But if you ever have seen a really well commenced Sportevent, you know what I mean.
Anyhow, time will show.
From a distance I can only guess, but the officials in charge in the various organisations are most likely a bunch of useless pseudo politicals.
I have seen this with other funsports decades ago already.
It will only change if you blow in money, which enables you to take over and go straight forward, set up a dedicated PR agency and event marketer, an operations company and strict rules and guidelines.
Lets hope a few beautiful minds will find a common way soon...