While it is universally agreed that World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, and that kiteboarding is sailing, World Sailing’s position continues to be challenged.
World Sailing has the credentials. The organization is recognized and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Associations of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF; previously SportAccord).
These are the power brokers in sport, and for all forms of kiteboarding on the water, World Sailing has their blessings.
For the administration of kiteboarding, World Sailing has partnered with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) for course racing and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) for expression events (ie, Wave, Freestyle, Big Air, etc). Amid the Appendices in the Racing Rules of Sailing are the Kiteboarding rules.
But IFKO (International Federation of Kitesports Organization) doesn’t see kiting as a part of sailing, but as its own unique sport, and has recently been invited by the GAISF President Patrick Baumann (also ASOIF Council Member) to join their organization. As a member of GAISF, that gives IFKO a seat at the lunch table.