The first edition of Charleston’s Fort 2 Battery looked more like a back-alley drug deal than a sailing race. Last-second registrations, lots of confusion, and competitors being distributed “race packs” in overstuffed brown paper bags late at night in the alley behind a downtown Charleston building… In just three years since the race became the biggest of its type in the hemisphere; it was the first to use chip timing (which captured a .005 second split between the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in 2016), it was the first to provide prize money for the winner, and it led to the spinoff Foil Mania regatta – the first ever to pit foiling kites vs. moths, course racing from the same starting line. And of course, it’s the first to offer a genuine Professional Wrestling Championship Belt as the overall prize! James Island Yacht Club has come along and helped class-up the operation, but fortunately not beyond a ‘weekend at the motorcycle track’ vibe. Their welcoming atmosphere is more ’go’n getcha brother a corn dog!’ than anything remotely yachtie… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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US Windsurfing has released a free mobile app they hope will make the time spent on the water more enjoyable. It’s called WaterSpotr and is available on both the Apple App and the Google Play Store. Here’s what it does… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Red Bull King of the Air 2017, the most prestigious big-air kiteboarding contest in the world, will be held January 21 to February 5 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Tom Court reports:
“So last season was a big year for the King of the Air, some big jumps and even bigger crashes. As this event continues to push the limits of the riders involved it pretty interesting to hear what they have to say on what it takes to pull these tricks. Here I catch up with To Hebert, Aaron Hadlow and Lasse Walker on their thoughts on how gnarly it really is.”
When you talk about accessibility to sailing, this video by Tom Court explains a lot about the growth in kiteboarding. Says Tom, “Whats the fastest way to the beach with a kite? Well on Wakatobi it’s to take the steepest handrail outside your hut… this was probably one of the sickest spots I have kited in years! Always wanted to take skateboarding into kiteboarding… check this 8 set handrail.”
Another sailing podcast joins the fray, and this one is hosted by 20-something ex-college sailor Brooks Clark. He grabbed another (relative) grommet – our longtime pal Tim Fitzgerald, creator of the biggest foiling event in North America – for this 40 minute chat about the Charleston Fort2Battery Race. Dig it.
If you don’t get the title of the podcast, kill yourself.
After the EU issued its potentially groundbreaking opinion on the anti-competitive nature of certain sporting rules last month we knew there’d be a shakeup, and the first shots have just been fired across ISAF World Sailing’s bows. The International Federation of Kitesports Organizations sent this letter to World Sailing, putting them on notice that their attempted monopolization of kiteboarding shouldn’t stand. With World Sailing’s AGM coming up next week and the all-important election to see if current President Carlo Croce will be allowed to continue his reign, this bombshell puts even more pressure on the MNA members to get with the times and elect someone who understands the ‘good ol’ boys’ days are over. Here’s the letter:
This Warning Letter is to inform WS that if it does not refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at the next WS AGM in November/Barcelona and act in order to maintain the Kiteboarding status quo, we will unfortunately have to apply for a court order to ensure and preserve the IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water sport.
This written warning is issued because, at first sight, WS has no legitimacy to govern the Sport of Kiteboarding on water (commonly known as Kitesurfing) demonstrated in the following evidences: a) WS by Constitution, denomination and aims is the governing body of the sport Sailing; b) IFKO is the only international federation in the world with the denomination, nature, object and objectives by constitution as governing body of all Kitesports; c) WS recognises “IKA” as the “class association” however there is no evidence or transparent proof of the existence of the legal registration of this entity as an “association” with this denomination since 2008.
Your failure to refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at next WS AGM in November/Barcelona negatively impacts IFKO work and authority as governing body of the sport Kitesurfing. It demonstrates the intention of duplication of governance already taken by IFKO, disrespects the legal object and objectives of IFKO and directly damages the proper world organisation of the Kitesurfing sport.
This WS intention of usurpation of IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing sport problem is not the first time. You have been informed and warned on four other occasions (by letter: 07/01/2016, 10/02/2016, 18/03/2016, 14/10/2016) to respect the IFKO existence, nature, object and objectives.
IFKO, as it is under SportAccord Membership application procedure, asked SportAccord and AIMS to set up and mediate a meeting between IFKO and WS Delegations which had a positive answer. We hope you will promptly accept the meeting request in a good will to achieve understanding in this “rivalry issue” on the Kitesurfing governance in good faith and reasonable grounds.
When the fleet lines up this Friday for a 58 nm coastal race from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico, there will be one unofficial entry shadowing the 53rd edition of this international contest. Amid the fleet of mostly PHRF racers will be a foiling kiteboard.
After competing for years in the local keelboat events, Nico Landauer, now 34 years, has traded his duffle bag for life as a professional kiteboarder.
“I came to California from Uruguay originally to do pro surfing, so I have a good knowledge of surfing and sailing. Kiteboarding combines the two sports that I love so I gave it a try. I put my focus in it and I did it as professionally as I could without losing my job. And within a few years, I am now one of the top ranked racers in the world.”
After noticing an ORMA 60 trimaran doing the San Diego to Ensenada International Yacht Race, Landauer decided to show the locals what a kiteboarder could do too. “Kiteboarding has progressed so far. The earlier boards were harder because you’re pounding through the waves. But now with hydrofoiling, not only do you have the speed but it is a much smoother ride. Plus the kites that we’re using are a lot more efficient.”
While other foilers tend to seek out flat water to maintain flight, Landauer doesn’t anticipate the ocean course to be a problem. “We control the foil angle with our legs so we have a lot faster reaction time than other foil-equipped boats. By adjusting the angle of the board, we are adjusting the angle of attack for the foil. When other foiling boats are crashing, the kitefoilers are still good. So I don’t expect the sea state to be an issue… the bigger problem will be kelp.”
Landauer, who will have a safety powerboat, estimates he can complete the course in two and a half hours. “This is something fun, a break from windward-leeward courses, but it will certainly be a personal test. My gear has to be ready, I need to be fit, and my kite size selection needs to match the forecast. It’s the kind of challenge that drives you to get better.”
Getting the kite selection right is a significant variable. “I expect the three options will be the 19, 17, or 15 square meter kites. I’ll probably opt to be a little overpowered, just to be safe, although that will consume a lot more energy. It all depends on the forecast.”
Beyond wind strength, Landauer is hoping for a favorable wind direction. “The back leg gets more fatigued in tighter wind angles so I’d prefer broad reaching so I can drive off a little more to ease the strain. Since I am going to be mostly on one tack, there is going to be one leg that won’t get much relief.”
Having the big 60-foot trimaran will provide Landauer a good performance measure. “Going upwind, speed and angle are not that different between us, but this should be an offwind course in which the kite can sail lower and faster. But if it’s reaching and really windy, the ORMA will have an advantage. I’m going to get more tired, and they’re going to go a lot faster. But when it comes to dollars per knots of speed, the kite is hard to beat.”
The design rules within boat class organizations run the range from a highly restricted model like the Laser to a development model like the A Class catamaran. In one model, everyone’s equipment is the same. In the other model, sailors are limited by only a few measurements in their pursuit to develop the best gear.
There are pros and cons to both models. For the tinkerer, they like the later model, but if development progressions exceed people’s desire to continually invest to improve their boats, than participation suffers. For purely getting boats on the water, a more restricted model is superior.
The emergence of kite course racing has kept it in the development end of the range. The improvement on equipment has moved too fast, which this year saw the World Championship now held on foiling boards. However, if ultimate growth is to be achieved, there needs to be easier entry points that don’t require continual investment to stay fast.
Enter the CR:X, the first attempt to launch a one-design kiteboard class. As reported in International Kitesurf Magazine, the equipment package for the CR:X class has been designed and built by the Neil Pryde, which has a long history with sailing and one-design classes. Essentially the class equipment combines a set of 3 inflatable race kites (7mtr, 10mtr and 13mtr) and a symmetrical twin-tip (TT) board that can be utilized not only for TT racing and ‘Boarder X’, but also for beginner training.
The concept then allows for a hydrofoil to be added, which transforms the board into a different animal that can now perform and race at the light end of the wind scale. In a nutshell, CR:X aims to be a platform for both training and racing that can act as a springboard into the performance race classes, while racing in its own right as a one design package.
Kite racing has caught the attention of the International Olympic Committee and has been included on the sporting slate of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which is set to take place in Argentina. The five events selected are the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer (Techno 293+), Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding (IKA Twin Tip), and the Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15).
The inclusion of kiteboarding at the YOG is a phenomenal achievement for such a young sport which now has its sights set higher still as it aims to be amongst the list of events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. And now with a tightly controlled one design class, kiteboarding has a vehicle to help increase global participation, an important attribute for Olympic competition.
Brandon Scheid reports:
What makes a good downwinder? Flat water? Features? Beautiful views? This short downwind run in Squamish has all that and more. Probably my favorite downwinder I’ve ever done! It sure is amazing the places kiteboarding can take you.
Chapter One – The Kiteboard Legacy Begins, the world’s first feature-length kiteboarding movie, brings together the celebrated legends, current champions and future stars of the intensely exciting sport of kiteboarding for the first time ever.
Chapter One features riders like Ruben Lenten (NED), Jesse Richman (USA), Pete Cabrinha (USA), Aaron Hadlow (GBR) and Sir Richard Branson in the most breathtaking kite spots around the world, from Fiji to Amsterdam, Brazil to Hawaii. Chapter One follows the sport’s leading lights as they chase the toughest storms, ride the perfect waves and perform the most thrilling tricks.
As well as capturing top-quality action in stunning 4K, the movie also documents the passion, dedication and lifestyles of the riders – whether that’s full-time champions or entrepreneurs like Branson, who enjoys pitting himself against the elements.
As Branson explains in the movie: “I first kited about 14 years ago and now I find kiting the best sport in the world. You get away from the hustle bustle of life and bounce over the waves. You just go where the wind takes you.”
Director Bob van de Gronde of Eyeforce, said, “With Chapter One, we wanted to make a travel and adventure film that would appeal to both kiteboarders and people that have never flown a kite before. We spent two years travelling the globe documenting kiters from very different walks of life, from Bebe, a local talent from a small Brazilian fishing village,to Sir Richard Branson, who kiteboards around his private island in the Caribbean.”
In the film, riders discuss the idea of getting into the creative zone, where all the different elements come together to allow them to push their own boundaries. This idea resonates with WeTransfer, the simple file-transfer service, which helps users get in, and stay in, their creative flow.
WeTransfer founder Bas Beerens said, “From day one we have been supporting the creative industries in many different ways, and this is one of our most ambitious project to date. It has been terrific working closely with the Eyeforce team who have captured this thrilling sport in beautiful detail. At WeTransfer, we talk a lot about the idea of creative flow, and it was fascinating to hear the riders talking about this very same idea as it applies to their sport. We hope this film will do great things for kiteboarding and we are confident it will inspire many viewers around the world.”
Pete Cabrinha, American big wave-surfer, windsurfer and a kiteboarding pioneer, said “Chapter One is a beautifully rendered snapshot of this amazing sport. It is so vast, and this film shows how people have adapted a board and a kite to do incredible things. When all is said and done though, it’s the personal stories that are both surprising and unexpected, powerful and uplifting.”
The movie will premiere the 15th of September in San Francisco and shortly in the EU at the premiere in Amsterdam. The film will then tour in cinemas around the world, and will premiere for free on Red Bull TV for 24 hours on the 10th of October, after which it will be available for download via iTunes, Google play, Xbox, Playstation and Amazon.
More on: www.chapteronemovie.com
Full Riders list:
Keahi de Aboitiz (wave champion)
Pete Cabrinha (kiteboard pioneer, big wave surfer)
Aaron Hadlow (5x world champion freestyle)
Kellen Hall (kiteboard teacher)
Graham Howes (professional kitesurfer)
Nick Jacobsen (stuntman and professional kitesurfer)
Bruna Kajiya (freestyle world champion)
Jalou Langeree (wave champion)
Kevin Langeree (big air champion and wave rider)
Ruben Lenten (storm chaser)
Sam Light (wakestyle specialist)
Susi Mai (professional kitesurfer and entrepreneur)
Carlos Mario (Local talent from brazil)
Sam Medysky (Professional kitesurfer)
Don Montague (inventor)
Rick Naish (founder Naish boards, hobiecat champion)
Robby Naish (windsurf legend, kiteboard pioneer)
Liam Whaley (freestyle champion)
Jesse Richman (big air champion and big wave rider)
Youri Zoon (2x freestyle world champion)
Australia: Keahi de Aboitiz
Brazil: Bruna Kajiya, Carlos Mario
Canada: Sam Medysky
Germany: Susi Mai
Denmark: Nick Jacobsen
Spain: Liam Whaley
Hawaii: Pete Cabrinha, Rick Naish, Robby Naish, Jesse Richman
Netherlands: Jalou Langeree, Kevin Langeree, Youri Zoon, Ruben Lenten
South Africa: Graham Howes
UK: Richard Branson, Sam Light, Aaron Hadlow
US: Kellen Hall, Don Montague (US-Canadian)
Source: Bram van Vugt
by Paul Heineken
The 37th episode of the St Francis Yacht Club’s San Francisco Bay Classic on June 12 would maintain the event’s status as the oldest continuously running long distance sailboard race in the world. That’s right… in the world.
Progress has allowed kite racers to be included for the last decade or so, and now all of them are up on foils, often exceeding 35 knots. There was even a foiling windsurfer. Progress indeed!
And this is no staid windward-leeward event. Those are a dime a dozen. The SF Classic is a 22 mile race course that goes outside the Golden Gate Bridge twice, and then crosses the Bay 10 more times. It begins in the shadow of Crissy Field to the west and ends off Berkeley Pier to the east.
Out under the Golden Gate Bridge, a pod of humpback whales cavorted in the middle of the course. In washing machine chop, sailors wove their way through the whales, wondering if one might lift them even higher out of the water than their foil. Scads of humpbacks have been in the Bay all week.
But the weather was just too fine. The hills heated up and shut off the wind on the north and east sides of the Bay. At Harding Rock to the northwest of Alcatraz Island, all the kites fell from the sky, leading to a very large kite yard sale.
Meanwhile, the windsurfers saw their opportunity to return to their past glory by beating the kites, so on they pumped. However, even that was not to be. The two hour time limit expired with the lead windsurfer in sight of the finish line, about a half mile out.
So this year there were no winners or losers, and maybe that’s occasionally a good thing. Racing is really about generating new stories, and in this abandoned race, everyone came away with a prize.
For photos… click here.
Hannah Whiteley – pro kitesurfer, extreme sports athlete, and model: “Why stop dreaming when you wake up? Kitesurfing in Brazil feels limitless, there are no boundaries to the level you can take your riding. Only time.” Video published on Jun 1, 2016.
In the world of foiling, all that matters is what impacts the water and wind. Here is mixed foil racing at James Island Yacht Club in Charleston, SC. Video by Ryan Hamm published on Apr 14, 2016.
Charleston’s Fort 2 Battery Race was bigger, badder, faster, and nastier than ever, though you wouldn’t know it from the ballerina-like gybe in this great Penalty Box Productions teaser from the race. Enjoy (and share!) the quick edit above, and keep an eye out for a feature from The Rev Petey next month. For the full video of the morning Beach Walk, go here. For the full shaky-cam video of the Fort2Battery Race, here.
Here’s the after-action report from F2B founder and organizer Tim Fitzgerald. (and for more from Petey on the upcoming monster Melges 24 Worlds, check out Petey’s third ‘View From The Chair.’
“10 seconds to start…Here I go!”
There’s a couple catamarans hooked up and I can see we may be getting acquainted. No thought on my part of Port and Starboard, just simply that at 25 knots, it’ll be wise of me to miss them one way or another. I’m crossing, until I hit a hole in the offshore breeze…and now I’m trying to stay on the foil.
3 seconds to impact, and now its too late to stop before I’m in their path.. But it’s my friend Jeff. “He wouldn’t run me over,” I think. On second thought, yes, he would. He’d wear my kite on the top of his mast like a trophy animal pelt.
2 seconds to impact, and now I’m way too slow to cross. so I cross the first cat, and it’s an e-brake bail to explode the water and stop before T-boning the second boat. I look up through the spray to see two masts fly past either side of my kite lines. “Holy shit.”
Time to get going again. Over there I think I see a moth. It’s hard to tell because he’s far away. A few seconds pass and now we’re not far away at all. We’re both lit up like a Christmas tree in a big puff, heading for a 40mph pileup.
And again…3 seconds to impact.
I heat up to go behind just before a huge blast hits me and takes me downwind toward my handshake with the mothie, who is also at vaporizing top speed and planning to cross ahead. 2 seconds…I’m heading right at him. If I bail in front, I’m fish food, so I lean back and heat up, which makes me go FASTER. It’s that awful feeling you get in a keelboat when it’s too late to duck and you know it’s going to get ugly.
I close my eyes a split second before my board makes contact with my good friend Pat’s Mach 2 moth with both of us at over 25 knots – though it feels like Mach 2. We clear each other by inches.
I had survived the first minute of my 2016 Fort 2 Battery. Let it be known that the good advice of “sail in clear air and open space” applies to Fort 2 Battery races also.
It began without warning. The first attackers landed at Fort Sumter in under 6 minutes with reinforcements pouring ashore in under 8. In just 15 minutes they had taken the Fort. It was glorious and it changed everything.
The third running of the Charleston Fort 2 Battery was run in reverse because of the west wind coming off the city at a chilly 20-30 knots. With the sun out, this was the kiteboarder’s version of a Chamber of Commerce day. Charleston’s Holy City Helicopters team was in the air with Sammy Hodges and Mac Dickson hanging out of the bird with long lenses astutely affixed to the competitors. From the air they witnessed a “reverse invasion” of Fort Sumter, when dozens of kite boarders landed on the beach near the Fort to wait for a ride home. You know it’s survival conditions when the competitors can’t even sail home after the race!
With the big breeze and favorable current, the hard work was getting to the upwind start but the race was all down-hill. Mr. Clean threw down the challenge in the morning letting the live audience on Sailing Anarchy know that records could fall. He was spot on, and the overall course record was cut to 5:52 by Foilboarder Zack Marks, who broke his own record in winning the race. Local kite hotshot Davey Blair also cut 7 seconds from Tucker Mason’s record to bring it to 7:12 which was even faster than the winning time in the first edition of the race. Victor Diaz de Leon cut the moth time to 6:41 while defeating George Peet by an insane five one-thousanths of a second to take second overall and win the Moth race.
When you talked to the racers, one theme was common. Among a bunch of adrenaline junkies who love to fly 40 feet in the air on a kite, and break speed records on flying boats, “I was pretty scared” could be heard over and over. The conditions were at the top end which kept the big cats on shore and ended some Moth Pilots’ days early with cartwheeling wrecks.
The high-octane format of the Fort 2 Battery is as addictive as it is exciting, and with over 36,000 people watching the pre-race Beach Walk and F2B Sprint on SA’s Facebook page, we think we’ve really stumbled on something the public loves! At James Island YC, dozens of fishermen and motor-boat owners were tailgating like Clemson Tigers football fans, and the innovating club’s only questions were “how do we make this even better?” Sweetwater Brewing and Charleston Distilling Co. helped, keeping things lively at the beach bonfire and dance party well into Saturday night.
The rest of the weekend featured more wacky stuff – three days of Kite vs. Moth free-for-all course racing – which had never been done in the world. The verdict seems to be ‘it’s everything you’d think it could be.’ Terrifying but exhilarating for the racers and spectators. Amazingly, despite the big, puffy breeze, we didn’t see a single collision or even a tangled-up kite.
It is fitting that this super high performance everyman’s revolution has grown quickly in Charleston, specifically at Fort Sumter, where our last domestic revolution started…let’s hope that this one is less messy. See you next year!
Mack Dickson photos.
Team Levitaz travels to La Graciosa, a volcanic island in the Canary Islands of Spain, and one of the most beautiful kitespots in the world. Video pPublished on Apr 7, 2016.
ISAF World Sailing has happily continued with their attempt at “Word Domination”, attacking the first two events on the International Federation of Kiteboarding Organization calendar as “Prohibited” for one reason only: The IFKO are choosing to use their own rules, not ISAF’s. Under the RRS, World Sailing believes it has the right to completely ban any competitor at these IFKO events from ANY future racing on the water. This ban would include all junior boarders at the now-’prohibited’ Junior Freestyle World Cup.
That’s right, folks: World Sailing actually believes it has the right to ban a 12 year old kid from racing his Opti for years solely because the kid entered a freestyle kiteboarding competition. Or they can ban you from racing the Sydney Hobart on a cruiser because you did backflips on your kiteboard at the kitesurf world series. Seriously!
There’s plenty of background on this issue in the story we ran in February, but the long and the short of it is this: Under the laws of MANY countries in which it functions, legal experts agree that World Sailing is prohibited from disciplining sailors for competing in events that contravene the bizarre prohibition against non-RRS events using the word “World” in their titles. The claimed reason? “Eliminating confusion” amongst sailors and the public about what is a ‘World’ level event. The real reason? ISAF sells the use of the word for thousands and thousands of dollars. The bigger reason? ISAF absolutely MUST control the introduction of kiting to the Olympics or they lose millions.
Those same experts said that they can’t find any other sport that claims this type of control over a common word, in some cases because they were told by their lawyers long ago that it wouldn’t fly. But because yacht races are largely run by Yacht Clubs rather than transparent, publicly accountable organizations, the status quo has endured. Don’t rock the boat, old boy.
Read the World Sailing press release if you want to see just how out of hand ISAF has gotten. They are actually threatening junior sailors with a ban on all racing activities solely because these kids want to go freeriding at a cool event.
As we’ve said before, we encourage IFKO competitors to stay strong and continue to buck the bullshit artists trying to extort and threaten them into submission. And of course you need to send us any and all correspondence you receive from ISAF World Sailing or the IKA on this issue. Only sunlight can cure this infection.
As seems more and more common lately when it comes to ISAF and the regulation of the sport, the more you dig, the uglier it gets, and so it has gone with our reporting on the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations and its battle for survival against the might of World Sailing and its delegate, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
IFKO was formed by French and Portuguese kite associations to specifically address the governance of the 90% of kiteboarding that wasn’t neatly sucked up by ISAF and the IKA under the guise of ‘sail racing’, and with kiting on the agenda when the IOC has their big meeting in Rio this summer, never has control of kiteboarding been more important than now.
We find the reason for IKFO’s creation compelling, and they’re saying all the right things in public, so we asked them to bring us up to speed on the situation. Sofia Guerreiro, IKFO’s Director General, responded, and rather than losing her written flavor, we largely left her response ‘as is’:
Yes, IFKO is a real and official organization! Legally registered on the Notary, on the Justice Ministry, with a number of registrations, with sport statutes and all parameters created by the rules of the World of Sports under the direct guidelines of SportAccord. IFKO intends to give Kitesports its own self-determination as an independent Sport! We are kiteriders, we are not sailors or tennis players. We have our own culture, identity and our own athletes!
Last week’s IKA press release and statement, like any other in the past, is their style move. They have no legal authority, but they try to push people into believing it and fake it. IFKO simply applied like any other new sport for recognition at SportAccord. After SportAccord’s analysis of our process and legitimacy, we decided to open a platform to start the recognition process. Now ISAF and IKA will have to deal with it and with what they have done in the past!
In 2012, ISAF’s AGM registered one single discipline “IKA Formula Kite” in a self-named “Kiteboarding Committee”. None of the other 17 kiting disciplines were registered, and therefore SportAccord recognized the legitimacy of IFKO to apply for recognition of a new sport, bringing together members of those other 17 disciplines and achieving the Full Membership thereafter.
– IFKO does not recognize IKA authority anywhere, nor will we engage in bad vibe discussions with this private company
– IFKO recognizes ISAF as the IF of the sport: Sailing;
– IFKO is the IF of the sport: Kitesports;
– Last AGM of ISAF was in 2012;
– Only IFs AGMs are official stages, so any decision taken, meetings or whatsoever taken in the middle are internal affairs (we do not have to respect it or even read it);
– ISAF legal reach of actions is written in 2012 AGM minutes, where the only discipline registered was “IKA-Formula-kite”;
– IKA is an undefined structure of ISAF, not recognized by SportAccord or IOC;
– IKA company can only work under official decisions settled at last ISAF AGM 2012; saying different is not legal.
– IKA and ISAF would be right to complain if IFKO used the Racing Rules of Sailing or any other property of ISAF, and/or if IKFO organized ‘IKA-Formula Kite’ competitions as registered by IKA. IKFO does not do either of these things.
– IKFO does not care if IKA tries to make Formula-Kite in the Olympics. IKFO has 17 disciplines of kitesports to develop and will focus on that.
– “IKA”, the legal figure “association” with the name “international kiteboarding association” does not exist, this name doesn’t legally exist;
– IKA said in their “AGM” openly that they are a private company registered in Gibraltar with the name “Kitesports LTD”;
– Private companies have owners, and share holders, do not have “associates”;
– Private companies are made for money self profits objectives and therefore will not have the kiteriders’ interests as their first objective. Profit motives can help explain the motivation behind IKA’s threats to riders and judges and IKA’s goals over the past four years.
– We cannot find any legal contract between Ika and Isaf in the public minutes of Isaf. Is it secret? Who signed it? What does it says? Does it exist?
– IFKO will not use World Saling Rules, officials or whatsoever sailing stuff – that was something decontextualised and absurd said by new WS/Isaf CEO ;
– IFKO uses Kite rules, Kite directors, Kite identity dynamics, and our own sport identity to our competitions;
– IFKO does not ban Athletes that is blackmail, VERY wrong and ANTI-SPORT;
– SO IKA/ISAF IS BANNING ATHLETES OF COMPETITIONS THEY DO NOT HAVE LEGAL RIGHT TO ORGANIZE!
– Our process of recognition of a new sport was accepted by SportAccord and now is opened to receive our reports to build it;
– IFKO just gets “recognition” after a proper stage of building (World Championships, WADA compliance, youth anti-doping seminars, actions of equality for women, actions for disabled Athletes, etc.);
– It is supposed we organize Worldchampionships because SportAccord demands reports of it, to submit evaluation if are being properly organized by Olympic movement standards;
– We have guidelines to prepare the process already with standards to Kitesports be able of recognition by IOC.
– IFKO will not officially answer IKA’s threatening letter, IFKO has no duties to this private company;
– Our letter to the ISAF CEO is ready and may be public soon,
– Actually, if ISAF continues to threaten our riders and judges, it will help our argument to SportAccord.
– We believe IKA is engaging in fear tactics, trying to scare athletes at the moment of registration not do it, because they could have fear of IKA’s procedures. The spread of fear is unacceptable.
– IKA strategies to our community always were, are, and will be lies, fear, threat, blackmail and abuse…and the most incredible is that community is believing it for years. IKFO does not accept it, and supports the end of secrets and back room deals. Sport should be transparent, with decisions made democratically between representative national associations.
It´s time to for IKA to prove that it: 1st -exists?, 2nd- have any authority in what?, 3rd- has legal connection/contract with ISAF, made when? Who signed it? What was signed for us all? Where are these papers that should be public documents? Are they hidden or do they even exist?
Why during these 5 to 8 years the Kite community had no access to public documents decided by IKA?
Even more irregular: if ISAF bans Riders from other sport competitions, why is selling “special statutes” to others (and not only for WKT) to organize competitions??
ISAF seems to “sell” world championships: to WKT, to IKA and someone told us there is a 3rd client soon. Amazing. (it does not matter if they are going to court with each other, important is to sell and pretend you have the authority to sell it)
(By the way ISAF is also a private company and not a non-for-profit association, as SportAccord membership demands and demanded to IFKO).
All this is why the Portuguese and the French associations joined energies: to give Kitesports a fair chance inside Sport correct values to be regulated by itself and not to be submitted to this subversion and disorder that damage athletes and sport.
Kitesports wants to take the way Surf did, we all kiteriders should join in community and just follow the correct path other sports already did. IFKO is working against this sailing fake fear campaign that, even totally agreeing with IFKO, is keeping many national associations quiet and still.
Yes we have our wallet ready and a team of lawyers and sporting specialists. Now it’s up to the President.
Kitefoiling at Kuredu, Maldives. Video published on Feb 4, 2016.
(February 2, 2016) – The International Kiteboarding Association has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO (“International Federation of Kitesports Organisations”) immediately remove and cease to publish or promote any information which makes a claim in terms of its relationship with the IOC and its plans for Kiteboarding. World Sailing has ascertained that IFKO is not currently a member of SportAccord and therefore has no formal recognition. A prerequisite of membership is that the applicant’s sport is different from any sport that is governed by a current SportAccord member. Full Report.
Here’s the Tom Court report:
Sitting at home in the UK after returning from Sri Lanka, I couldn’t help but look at the countless pictures on Facebook from Brazil and I just couldn’t resist. I jumped on a flight in London, flew via Paris and Rio to arrive in Fortaleza before heading up to Taiba for a quick 10 days in the lagoons there. Here are some clips from the trip; sessions with Craig Cunningham and Coleen Caroll where we set up some rails and had some good time on the water! This is what wakestyle kiting is all about…
Music – Born Ina Barn – Kill my High ft. Lee-lee Reid and Syko Logik
We probably spend more time watching kite chicks than we do any other sport, and with good reason; We don’t know any athletes who do a better job of sharing their exotic, exciting, bikini-filled lifestyle with millions of die-hard fans than girls like Hannah Whiteley and Anastasia Ashley. Since they’re all going after the same sponsors, they’ve brought their competitiveness to social media, and we’re all winners for it. This gorgeous shark’s eye view shot comes from Hannah’s Facebook page, which is worth a long, long look for any red-blooded man, lesbian, or fan of wind-powered sports.
As an avowed SA’er (and past Extreme Sailing Series guest racer), perennial top-ranked surfer Sally Fitzgibbon is always worth paying attention to, and if you’re a chick (or you’ve hatched one that needs a role model), here’s a really interesting interview by a surf journo chick as Sally gets set to try to break her streak and win the World Champs at the Maui Pro.
Title shout to one of the top 25 sports documentaries of all time.
Portuguese kitesurfer Francisco Lufinha has completed an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest journey kitesurfing by a male. The current record of 446nm is held by Rimas Kinka (USA) when he sailed along the Florida coast from Jacksonville to Key West on February 5-8, 2015. Lufinha’s effort was non-stop when he sailed off the Portuguese coast from Lisbon toward Madeira Island on July 5-7, covering 472 nm. Click headline for full report and video.
Men’s BigAir competition at the new Riverview Park Launch Ramp for kiteboarding, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay, at Pittsburg, CA on June 28. Video published on Jun 29, 2015.
CNBC’s one-hour documentary “The New High: Extreme Sports,” reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and premiering on Thursday, June 18th at 10PM ET/PT explores how the extreme has become mainstream in just the past few years as entirely new sports have been invented as more and more money, time and passion have been pumped into a rapidly developing industry. With Kiteboarding taking off, Quintanilla found that out the hard way that it’s not easy when he took a lesson from top pro Susi Mai.
Professional kiteboarder Nick Jacobsen pushed the boundaries of work and play when jumping from Richard Branson’s house on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Details.
They do it because they can. Video published on May 21, 2015.
David is a 77 year old kitesurfer who absolutely defies the stereotypical view of a pensioner. After the unexpected and tragic loss of his wife, David makes the decision to live every moment to the fullest, and through this finds solace in kitesurfing. This is the story of David, and how life on the water has given him a much needed escape and feeling of freedom when needed most.
Join professional waterman West Matweyew as he jumps off a cliff during a windy day in the Turks & Caicos. Video published on Apr 16, 2015.