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KITESURFING INSIDE WORLD SAILING IS ILLEGAL
27 Apr 2018

KITESURFING INSIDE WORLD SAILING IS ILLEGAL

KITESURFING INSIDE WORLD SAILING IS ILLEGAL

During April´s IFKO AGM in Guincho, Cascais, Portugal, President Fernandes expressed his legal perspective about Kitesurfing’s current situation in order to break the deadlock created between the 2 federations, IFKO and WS, and stop WS's illegal abuse of their dominant position that causes great damage and injury to the competitions, Kite structures, at International as well as National levels.

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Day2
24 Jan 2018

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Day2

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Co-organised with SNOWKITEMASTERS, FFVL & AFCK

Day 2

Mr Franz Olry Honorary Member
13 Jan 2018

Mr Franz Olry Honorary Member

IFKO is proud to announce that Mr Franz Olry, the Inventor of the Twin Tip kite board, is now our Honorary Member, joining Mr Bruno Legaignoux, the Inventor of the inflatable kite. Welcome to IFKO!

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
23 Jan 2018

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2018 SNOWKITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Co-organised with SNOWKITEMASTERS, FFVL & AFCK

Day 1

IFKO April 2016 Activities
04 Apr 2016

IFKO April 2016 Activities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04-05-2016 in Guincho

Monthly Press Release

April was an excellent month for Kitesports

2016 - Youth Freestyle World Cup

IFKO had a massive participation, success and support in St. Pierre La Mer, France for the 2016 Youth Freestyle World Cup. Coming from almost 20 countries, the 80 young athletes enjoyed good Tramontane windy conditions everyday allowing them to showcase their skills, promote their careers and to give feedback to sponsors as they competed for the official World Champion Title of “2016 - Youth Freestyle World Cup”.

Results for the Girls:                                Results for the Boys:

Pauline Valesa - France (16-19)                Louka Pitot – Mauritius (16-19)

Mikaili Sol – Brazil (9-15)                           Roberto Racca Rodrigues – Mexico (14-15)

   Arthur Lhez – France (9-13)

 

IFKO and its members, FFVL and SNK had a very successful start to 2016 KiteSports competition, showing the world the good organisation and advantage of our International Federation and paving the way to the sustainable and solid growth of our sport.

IFKO invited to SportAccord Convention Membership Session

Kitesports were, for the first time ever, present and represented in the SportAccord Convention held in the Swiss Tech Convention Center in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne. 

IFKO received this invitation for the building of the Sport towards its official recognition and organization as a new autonomous Sport. IFKO also received a significant demonstration of support for this major step towards official recognition of KiteSports by several peers and stakeholders.

IFKO is the international Governing Body of Kitesports and is authorized and responsible to organize or promote World Championships with co-organizers for its 17 registered disciplines. IFKO has the right and the responsibility to work toward the self-governance of the Sport.

Most of the Kite national associations were created in 2002 and could not become Class Associations inside Sailing Federations in 2012 because the Sport was too young (10-15 years).

By participating and supporting IFKO sanctioned events you will be promoting the future of KiteSports for all involved. We hope to see many of you in the 1st stage of the 2016 KiteFoil World Championship to be held in Montpellier, France next week.

 

Windy best regards,

IFKO

 

Competitions Legitimacy & Free Participation 24-3-2017
24 Mar 2016

Competitions Legitimacy & Free Participation 24-3-2017

Competitions Legitimacy & Free Participation

IFKO wishes to inform Kitesports Athletes, riders, brands, organizers, media, IFKO members, associations and all interested:

IFKO is an International Federation that is under a legal and official evaluation process for a new Sport recognition in the world – KITESPORTS. It is legally and properly registered and was created under official and specific instructions of SportAccord (IOC umbrella). This guidance is to be respected and our work of the Sport organisation is to be considered legal and official under this period. IFKO competitions and World Championships are the only Kitesports legal competitions in the world.

It was by being first official governing body of our Sport that applied for this recognition (since ever), that was accepted. In its last 2012 AGM, ISAF (now WS) registered the only Kite competition format that had interest “Formula Kite” in a “class” with specific rules, fins sizes and board formats. Only this competition format “Kiteboarding” is now to be respect as being Sailing.

IFKO registered all 17 Water, Land, Snow disciplines of our Sport including Freestyle, Kitewave, KiteFoil, SpeedKite, BigAir, Slalomkite, Boardercross, Straplesskite, etc that are to be strongly promoted and sanctioned in the world.

IFKO World Championships are not to be considered as “Prohibited Events” to WS because they are not Sailing or use Sailing Rules. It is a different Sport and all references or attempts to fake an overseen will be considered as financially damage and prejudicial to the organisation of our Sport. “Ika” events are also not Prohibited Events to WS because they are not Sailing or could be inside WS Competition Official calendar. Neither WS nor IFKO recognize those events!

Athletes (professional and amateurs) cannot be banned or have differential treat at any time without a legal justification. Banish/proscribe/segregate or unequal treatment is to be considered, beside not ethical and anti-sport, also a possible crime. Justice and fairness are most important in Sports. International Federations should be democratic non-for-profit organisations and not private companies (and everything this shows us to represent).

Athletes and Riders are not to suffer from bad information of non-recognized private companies’ aggressive self-media/marketing strategies. Being what most important a Sport may have, all athletes are FREE to come compete for an official World Title and have an Athlete Committee to defend their interests. IFKO recommends not to support or help entities that creates fear by making hostage the will of compete.

Kitesports have its own identity and culture. All problems arising today came from some a small group of sailors that don’t understand that Kitesurf/Landkite/Snowkite will not be Sailing ever. We are many, we have acrobatics in our genes.. and surfing waves.. and do crazy stunts, Big air megaloops, fly over iced hills.. not Sailing… ever… it would not work for our Kite!

       For your own interest help your Sport and not other Sport. Be part of IFKO!

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