Our trusty readers of Kitenews.fr will already be fully aware that the general atmosphere in the kiting world is wobbly and uncertain to say the least. There seems to be a bit of showdown in all disciplines making for an entertaining king-of-the-playground FFV (French sailing federation) vs FFVL (French kitesurf federation) brawl!
Within the discipline of Foil, several of the 2015 KiteFoil Gold Cup organisers got together and decided to make up a tour to rival the current IKA. Rob Dean, former IKA racing manager, is at the helm of this second new foil tour, which is to be named the Hydrofoil Tour. As the saying goes, three is the magic number ! And there is an another third foil tour : IKFO World Tour. The first event is planned to take place at FestiKite (Villeneuve les Maguelone, France) as the Silver Cup and the race organiser is no other than yet another IKA defector!
Turning now to the world of freestyle; with a VKWC not showing any signs of life since the Germany Tour Stop in August, the IKA has announced its own world tour, having so far outlined the following 4 dates;
Dakhla in early march (ex VKWC)
El Gouna mid march
Leucate for the Mondial du Vent (although still no confirmation from organisers)
Fuerteventura with René Egli (ex VKWC) this summer
Rumours suggest that the IFKO isn’t resting dormant in freestyle. They will almost certainly host a Youth World Championship in St Pierre La Mer (ex EJKC European Junior Kite Cup location) and there are a few dates floating around in talks for a IKFO Senior World Tour.
All should become clearer in the coming weeks, notably with the GM in Rome at the end of this month.