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At the Formula Kite Race World Championships in Istanbul ,Katja Roose used the skippers meeting in the morning to suggest to the riders that a new association of riders be created . In line with the exciting developments in the sport, this would enable the race voice to be heard in international forums.
For kitenews.fr she tells us more about this project:
kitenews.fr: What exactly you proposed to other riders this morning?
Katja Roose: I proposed riders to create a commission of riders to speak with one voice and to explain exactly what riders want. We need to say what is good for riders in competition and in which direction to go.
kitenews.fr: Yes but why create this commission or association, since normally the PKRA and IKA are already associations of riders with representatives in these instances?
KR: That’s it, there are several committees that represent us and in every sport there is a commissions of riders. We want to create a single board riders for all disciplines: race, slalom, freestyle and also foil, waves, speed etc … But this is also what brands want. The goal is to have two riders elected to represent us, one in freestyle, one in race.
kitenews.fr: And what is the schedule now?
KR: Well everybody are in agreement with this project, we will contact the freestyle riders and brands to see if they are willing to follow us. Then we will have to hold a vote to designate a representative. Today we presented it to the riders who are on this world championship but we can’t hold the vote because it is not representative of every rider. I think that we will vote by internet.
kitenews.fr: This morning I saw that you had already made a first meeting with 5 other riders. What do you talk about?
KR: This morning, after the skippers meeting, we got together with 5 other riders to start talking about this project and topics. There was Florian Trittel, Florian Grüber, Tomek Janiak, Jade O’Connor, Riccardo Leccese and me. We started to set up the structure because it’s urgent to come together and to speak with one voice.
kitenews.fr: On this world championship, what do you think of the fact that there are only 66 registered riders?
KR: That’s also why it’s urgent to hear the voices of riders. We are worry when we see the small number of riders and we have to react. We would like that our sport to continue its growth and we must analise why this is not the case now. Riders and brands must be heard if we want kitesurf to become a major sport. Riders and brands have to decide the direction to be taken by the kite in competition and not others. It’s a real challenge but I feel that all the riders want to follow us.
kitenews.fr : Katja, you’re here to race, we recently saw you in slalom, you practice other disciplines?
KR: I did PKRA for two years, and some speed contest and of course now I practice foil. Wave riding is the only discipline I’d never try in competition.
Source : Kitenews Fr
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