Official ISAF statement about the PKRA status

We regret to announce, that the PKRA has declared not to accept the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) mediation result after more than one month of intense negotiations.

This has forced ISAF Secretary General, Mr. Jerome Pels, to issue this formal statement to PKRA president Mauricio Toscano:

“Dear Mr Toscano,

It is with regret that I understand the PKRA has decided to decline any further
involvement in the mediation process to reach agreement with our recognized
member, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). ISAF have invested
a lot of time and effort in this process and your reasoning does not seem
consistent with the negotiations that have taken place. If there is anything
further that ISAF can do to restart this process and come to agreement then
we would urge you to reconsider.

If you proceed, as indicated in the email from Mr Paul Caswell dated 29 March
2009, then the ramifications of this decision are as follows:

  • ISAF will not recognize the PKRA “World” Tour and as such ISAF will
    make this fact clear to our Member National Authorities.
  • According to ISAF regulation 19.4.1(c) the PKRA tour is a prohibited event
    if it continues to use the word “world”, either in the title of the event or
    otherwise.
  • Sailors who participate in the PKRA Tour may have difficulty entering and
    competing in the ISAF recognized IKA World Tour or other National events
    as they may have their ISAF eligibility suspended according to ISAF
    regulation 19.4.

Yours sincerely
Jerome Pels
Secretary General“

It is expected, that the latest PKRA announcement to be recognised by a surfing association now, will only be a short intermezzo, as ISAF has already taken all necessary action to protect its rights against illegimite use.

Note: Regarding the first PKRA event starting on the 11th of April in Leucate, France, due to the short notice there will be no action taken against competiting riders.

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