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2016 IKA Annual General Meeting

The 2016 AGM of the International Kiteboarding Association will be held on January 14th, 2017, in Brussels.The date in early January has been chosen to give National Class…
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Statement regarding participation in IFKO championship events

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ifkoParticipation in IFKO events likely to prevent the ability of riders to participate in any IKA events, including the IKA World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air, Wave, and Foil Racing.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO ("International Federation of Kitesports Organisations") to immediately remove and furthermore cease to publish or promote any information which makes a claim in terms of its relationship with the IOC and its plans for the sport of Kiteboarding.

World Sailing has ascertained that IFKO is not currently a member of SportAccord and therefore has no formal recognition. A prerequisite of membership of this body is that the applicants sport is different from any sport that is governed by a current SportAccord member. World Sailing is a current SportAccord member, it is therefore unlikely that IFKO will be granted membership and World Sailing is currently waiting for confirmation of this by SportAccord.

World Sailing has also instructed IFKO that World Sailing's approval is required for any event that is described as a 'World Championship' or 'World Cup' or indeed uses the word "World" in the title of the event and this approval extends to all Kiteboarding events using World Sailing rules and regulations.

Such events that are run in contravention of World Sailing rules and regulations will be listed as prohibited events that can seriously affect the eligibility of riders to compete in other World Sailing events requiring World Sailing Eligibility, namely World and Continental Championships of all IKA classes (including the IKA Kiteboarding World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air and Wave, the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup and the IKA Racing World Championships), the Sailing World Cup, the Youth Olympic Games, and the Olympic Games.

We regret that IFKO does not comply with world wide recognized principles for the recognition of International Federations. It is IKA's responsibility to make all riders aware of the risk they will take when participating in IFKO events, namely not being able to compete in IKA sanctioned events of all disciplines, and World Sailings events. The same extends to event officials, be it race directors, jury and judges.
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Pasquali takes North American KiteFoil Championships

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After 15 races in stunning conditions, Joey Pasquali (USA) takes the 2016 North American Championships with a perfect score.

Last years event winner Julien Kerneur (FRA) and Nico Landauer (URU) complete the mens podium.

The last two days of the Lord of the Wind competition in Los Barilles, Mexico, were dedicated to freestyle and slalom action, and in the end it were Julien Kerneur and Cynthia Brown that took away the "Lord and Lady of the Wind" titles.

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As the riders headed ashore, they reflect on an action packed week, showcasing their sport at it’s very best with some gripping and nail biting battles. There was deserved celebration for the winners who could now relax and enjoy the atmosphere on the beach and the post race party Mexican style.
 
You can find the final results for each category here:

2016 North American KiteFoil Championships: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-pro-kite-foil/
2016 Pro Slalom: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-pro-slalom/
2016 Pro Freestyle: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-pro-freestyle/
2016 Big Air - Pro/Open/Masters: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-open-big-air/
2016 Open Slalom: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-open-slalom/


Day 1 Video: https://youtu.be/mvcqQjOIB6U
Day 2 Video: https://youtu.be/KDyvWG0nW8M
Day 3 Video: https://youtu.be/z6_OM3dlFgU
Day 4 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4VN-3wkEN8
Day 5 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLTu9GLNq_M

Pictures: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/daily-pictures/

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IKA North American Foil Championship in full swing

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Situated on the western coastline of the crystal-blue waters of the Bay of Palms,  where the sapphire Sea of Cortez meets desert and mountains, Los Barriles hosts one of the most exciting events in Baja Peninsula and the biggest kitesurfing event in Mexico – The Lord of the Wind.
The World-class competition and stunning location this year plays host to the 2016 North American KiteFoil Championships.

The East Cape of Baja is renowned worldwide for its warm waters, consistent winds and great beaches – attracting a host of top riders intending to add their name to the list of champions winning this iconic event.

One of the world’s best riders, and reigning Lord of the Wind Champion, Julien Kerneur of France has returned to defend his title and inevitably will offer up some of the most high octane racing action around.

To add even more fuel to the fire, female front-runner and local hero Cynthia Brown is in the line-up and plans to knock-out a strong performance to retain her Lady of the wind title.

The IKA North American Kite Foil Championship is well underway and all riders put on an amazing performance to establish themselves on the leaderboard ladder. Joey Pasquali is on fire with a perfect score after 15 races, chased by a fleet all hot on his heels. Local Baja boy, Adam Withington, gave it all to keep well within touching distance of the medals and is currently sitting in fifth place. While the top spot seems to be well defended, the remaining podium places are heavily fought for between Julien Kerneur (FRA) in second, Nico Landauer (URU) in third and Zack Marks (USA) in fourth.

In the womens fleet, Astrid Berz is clear ahead of Cynthia Brown (USA) and Bitna Kim (KOR).

Racing continues through to sunday with the final races and the Lord of the Wind, and North American Champions, being crowned.

Full results: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/2016-pro-kite-foil/ 

Day 1 Video: https://youtu.be/mvcqQjOIB6U
Day 2 Video: https://youtu.be/KDyvWG0nW8M
Day 3 Video: https://youtu.be/z6_OM3dlFgU

Pictures: http://lordofthewindbaja.com/daily-pictures/

Situated on the western coastline of the crystal-blue waters of the Bay of Palms,  where the sapphire Sea of Cortez meets desert and mountains, Los Barriles hosts one of the most exciting events in Baja Peninsula and the biggest kitesurfing event in Mexico – The Lord of the Wind. The World-class competition and stunning location, make this a “must do” event.

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