The first IKA/PKRA Junior world championships of kite surfing will be held in Spain in Sant Pere Pescador, Costa Brava the 2-7 of July 2013. The purpose of this competition is to determine who the best junior riders are in the world and
also to teach and educate young riders on how to compete, what judges are looking for, how to get sponsors and meet other young riders from all over the world who share their passion. For a total of five days the young men and women will be competing for world titles in each of their age group and having fun and learning more about competitive sports.
How will coming to this event benefit these young riders?
Competition is not only about being a good rider, but also being able to perform in all types of conditions and in a set format. The junior world championships will teach riders how to compete on the PKRA format. The PKRA competition format is designed by the best riders in the world like Youri, Gisela, Aaron and many more to decide who is the best rider in the world.
Many pro riders will be on hand to teach young riders how to execute the most technical moves and had to be a successful pro rider. Pro riders do this for a living and will be here to teaches athletes the importance of physical preparation, photo shoots and professionalism.
The staff of the PKRA that will be shooting, filming, promoting and judging the competition will also be on hand to educate competitors. The judges will go through video analysis of the heats and going over heat results with the riders explaining to them why they won or lost.
All this information will be available to all registered riders regardless of results. Whether you are first or last, this will be a great learning experience for everyone.
How will the ladders of competition be run?
The goal of the PKRA is to give a fair chance to every rider to have a chance to win a Junior World Title. The ladders will be created with up to 24 boys or girls. This means that unless more than 24 riders register for one age group we will not have to run trials. With the five age groups we can have up to 120 riders without having to run trials.
However, if we do run trials and you do not qualify for the main event, you will still have access to all the clinics, demos and activities that will be taking place during the week.
The age groups will be as followed:
• Boys 8-11 years of age Born between January 1st, 2002 and December 31st, 2005
• Boys 12-14 years of age Born between January 1st, 1999 and December 31st, 2001
• Boys 15-16 years of age Born between January 1st, 1997 and December 31st, 1998
• Girls 8-13 years of age Born between January 1st, 2000 and December 31st, 2005
• Girls 14-16 years of age Born between January 1st, 1997 and December 31st, 1999
The event will be run under PKRA freestyle rules, this is an opportunity to compete under PKRA rules and be evaluated by international judges.
Read original article: PKRA News:IKA/PKRA Jr World Championships update