Working together

One of the main-purposes of the Association is to support a friendly co-existence between interest-groups, such as the kitesport industry, tourism-industries, environmental protection groups and others, to guarantee beach access for kiters in all countries.


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



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.



For media enquiries, contact Jim Gaunt at:

For general enquiries, contact Joergen Vogt at: