World Sailing awarded ‘World Championship’ status to the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour after just one successful, clean and transparent Wave & Strapless Freestyle season, uniting riders, the industry and sponsors with its strong vision for the future.

Kiteboarding on water is a discipline of sailing, and as such falls under the jurisdiction of World Sailing, which is the International Federation for sailing in all of its forms recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Associations of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Sport Accord.

From 2017 the GKA was sanctioned by World Sailing to run World Championships and World Cup events in the kiteboarding expression performance disciplines of wave, strapless freestyle, big air and twin-tip freestyle as well as slider/obstacle events. As part of the Special Events Agreement between World Sailing and the GKA, World Sailing can authorise the GKA to allow other professional event organisations to run events in the expression disciplines on its behalf.

Dr. Jörgen Vogt, Secretary General of the GKA emphasises, “The GKA’s objective will always remain the long-term growth and best interests of the sport. The GKA looks forward to work in harmony and good faith together with all kite-sport stakeholders – especially with the athletes – to build a positive and inclusive culture.”

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