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Kiteboarding Cage Match: IKA vs PKRA

If you have been following the PKRA and the IKA saga on sbckiteboard.com you can't help but wonder why things haven't been going more smoothly. The Pro Kite Riders Association (PKRA) and the newly formed International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) seem unable to reach an agreement and it's not surprising given the circumstances.

Did IKA class manager Markus Schwendtner make a mistake when he and the IKA offically sanctioned the privately owned and run Kite Board World Tour (KBWT) before a deal with the rider based PKRA was reached?

Pro Riders have worked hard on establishing the high level of judging standards on the PKRA tour. Would combining the tour with the KPWT tour see years of hard work undone? Or would one bigger tour be better? Should the riders bypass the PKRA executve, and start working with the IKA, or should they lobby above the IKA and negotiate with ISF and establishing a new executive for IKA?

With the PKRA now sanctioned by the International Surfing Association does any of this matter?
Posted: April 8, 2009 at 02:44 PM
By: John Bryja

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