Working together

Keeping public beaches open for kitesurfing and other watersports, ensuring they operate in harmony with nature and public safety, is one of the main goals of the Global Kitesports Association.

At the GKA we work towards sustainable solutions in order to protect what we love; bringing together local watersports communities, associations, lawmakers and key stakeholders. The GKA is at the forefront of international political decisions with regard to beach access, pushing for results where public safety and the local environment are concerned, while keeping beach access secure for the sport of kitesurfing for years to come.

Carla Herrera Oria kiting in Australia

Women’s GKA Kite World Tour Kite-Surf competitor, Carla Herrera-Oria setting up for competition in 2018 at Melbourne, Australia  / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

As the most influential association in kitesports worldwide, the GKA is currently collecting data on pending worldwide beach access decisions, to compile a database and network hub for involved parties.

If you are:

– affected by a decision to close beaches or restrict access to a beach for kitesurfing in your area;
– a spokesperson or member of an association dealing with restricted beach access or the closing of beaches for kitesurfing;
– a spokesperson or member of a national watersports federation and have information on beach access cases in your country/area;

then we would like to hear from you!

Please send information about your case to office@global-kitesports.org and we will contact you.

Matchu Lopes kitesurfing in Cape Verde

Matchu Lopes kitesurfing in Cape Verde. The GKA interest in beach access reaches worldwide / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

FEBRUARY 2018: COWI Study Birds and Kitesurfing – A Review

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) is formed by kitesurfing’s leading brands to represent the interests of the kite-sports industry to support and promote the interests of all kite riders. A huge part of their work is focused on the safe future pathways for the industry and sport as a whole.

A large part of that comes down to environmental education of governments and councils as to the nature of kitesurfing and its participants.

Some members of the German government are currently trying to enforce bans for kitesurfing on many of their beaches, through an incorrect understanding of the dangers that kitesurfers present to the environment, most notably – birds.

GKA Secretary General, Dr. Jörgen Vogt has spent a lot of time liaising with the environmental lobbyists and presenting them with information he has sourced from scientists and experts from different European countries.

Please take a look at the PDF downloads below, and if you want to help support the common goal of keeping beaches open for kitesurfers, then please share.

 

COWI STUDY – Kitesurfing and Birds – A REVIEW

English download – COWI – Kitesurfing and Birds – A review

German download- COWI – Kitesurfing and Birds – A review

 

GKA – Kitesurfing and Birds – FACTS

English download – GKA Kitesurfing and Birds Facts

German download – GKA Kitesurfing and Birds Facts

 

WORLD TOUR TASKS

Also falling within the GKA’s tasks is the possible development of different kitesport opportunities.

The GKA oversees all official ‘expression’ ‘World Tour’ kitesurfing disciplines as recognised by World Sailing, including twin-tip freestyle (delegated to WKL), wave and strapless freestyle.

 

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