World Kitesurf Tour Update
Here is the latest announcement from ISAF following up on our previous article:
Kitesurf World Tour – What Is Really Going On? http://www.airforcekitesurfing.com/2015/08/06/kitesurf-world-tour-what-is-really-going-on/
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the Pro Kite Tour (PKT) – formerly known as Professional Kiteboard Riders Association – are pleased to confirm that ISAF Special Event status is being awarded to the Virgin Kitesurf series of worldwide events.
The series will become ISAF’s sixth Special Event, joining events such as the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Extreme Sailing Series as one of sailing’s premier circuits.
Following a successful event in Fuerteventura, Spain the next stop of the series will be in St. Peter Ording, Germany from 21-30 August 2015. The world’s top riders will take to the water, competing for a share of the $42,000 USD prize fund in the Freestyle and Slalom disciplines.
Argentina, China and South Africa will host the remaining events in 2015 and both ISAF and the PKT are looking forward to working together to deliver a successful series of events.
What Airforce Kitesurfing Thinks
We are stoked to see some kind of current compromise as opposed to the previous announcements stating that the VKWC may not be able to crown kitesurf world champions. However we see no clarification of this in the statement just acknowledgment of the tour and prestige status awarded. Airforce Kitesurfing so far this season have been impressed with both the new format and the way VKWC media portrayal of the sport have evolved.
We do however remain dubious of IKA and ISAF intentions only for the simple fact we oppose the previous format that was submitted to the Olympics for kiteboarding’s inclusion. Airforce Kitesurfing still champions the fact that if kiteboarding follows its true identity and heart there will come a time where the IOC comes knocking. Kiteboarding should stay true to itself and not compromise for Olympic inclusion, copying other sports formats will be detrimental to the sport in the long term in our opinion.
Pringles Kitesurf World Cup St. Peter-Ording
St. Peter Ording , Germany
21 to 30 Aug, 2015
All the info on the next event can be found here:
And the rest of the VKWC tour here:
Here is a glimpse of what to expect: