KSP 2013 Qualification System Released

Berlin, Germany — February 2, 2013: Long awaited by riders and industry alike, a press releases announcing the application process and further details on the qualification system for the 2013 KSP world tour season was released by the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) today.

KSP update- 2013 KSP Qualification System Released

KSP update- 2013 KSP Qualification System Released

As the governing body of kiteboarding that sanctions the KSP, the IKA continually strives to develop rules and regulations that help further the sport. At the IKA Annual General Meeting on January 20, the KSP qualification and application as well as future pathways for young and upcoming riders were discussed in detail and agreed on by all parties.

Following the release of the 2013 KSP World Championship Tour schedule the IKA published the following release earlier today:

 

International Kiteboarding Association, February 2, 2013: Striving to create lower level qualifying events on a national and continental level leading up to the KSP World Championship Tour in the future, this years KSP qualification system will be based on applications and include the IKA member national associations, national championship results (where existing) and the IKA wave world ranking once again.

Slots for the 24 riders male fleet are allocated as follows (for the womens fleet, 50 % of the quota each)

  • Top 10 ranked riders from the 2012 KSP ranking
  • 1 wild cards for KSP tour
  • 1 wild card for IKA
  • 2 local wild cards per event (as agreed on with the events Industry Sponsors)

Remaining slots will focus on globalization/the inclusion of more nations – this means except from the slots above, only riders from nations that are not yet represented are accepted. If there are more nations applying then slots are available, places are given in the order of regional strengths until all slots are filled (in the order South America, Europe, North America, Africa, Oceania, Asia, then from the beginning again). The IKA executive committee may deviate from the order of regions and nations in order to ensure highest quality of the selected riders, e.g. require a minimum of competition experience, results and/or performance to be expected.

If there are less nations applying then slots are available, then additional places are given to nations in the order of regional and nation strength.

If more than one rider applies from a nation eligible for a slot, then the national association nominates the rider. If no national association exists, then the IKA executive committee after consultation with the KSP will decide.

If any of the pre-allocated slots are not taken by the riders, these slots go to the pool for the nations.

If slots are not taken shortly before the event, they may be filled with local wild cards or, if possible, alternate riders from the waiting list on a first come-first serve basis.

All applications need to be made through the online application forms until March 1st to be considered.

Online application form for tour riders: http://kspworldtour.com/index.php/riders/2013-ksp-tour-riders-application.html

Online application form for individual events and local wildcards:  http://kspworldtour.com/index.php/riders/2013-one-event-and-lwc-application.html

 

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Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

The Kiteboard Racing World Championship, which will conclude tomorrow at Poetto after four days with a high technical and competitive races expressed their top riders. Even today the scirocco made it to master the challenge of the Gold fleet male and the Women fleet, still in contention for the Medal Race. The stars of the four races of the day were Johnny Heineken (USA) and Steph Bridge (GB). But, once we uses the discard, the overall leader in the female is Erika Heineken.
Completed the fleets of ten riders each that tomorrow will play for the Medal Race and the jackpot.

Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

Kiteboard Racing World Championship Day 3 The Twenty Finalists Are Released

The Kiteboard Racing World Championship, which will conclude tomorrow at Poetto after four days with a high technical and competitive races expressed their top riders. Even today the scirocco made it to master the challenge of the Gold fleet male and the Women fleet, still in contention for the Medal Race. The stars of the four races of the day were Johnny Heineken (USA) and Steph Bridge (GB). But, once we uses the discard, the overall leader in the female is Erika Heineken.
Completed the fleets of ten riders each that tomorrow will play for the Medal Race and the jackpot.

Like in the last few days, the Poetto welcomed the competitors with flat water and no air. Nobody was worried as the various National Team had learned to know the secrets of the Bay of Angels. And you know that, suddenly, at least the famous thermal wind would rise. Instead, for the third consecutive day, the scirocco wanted to be in the game, gusty, with initial intensity of 16 knots going to fall in the final. The start around 12, while the audience began to populate the beach of the ‘sixth stop’ for a close encounter with samples from all over the world and observe their kites.

The two race courses were laid by the organizers of Yacht Club Cagliari.
Among the latter, the reigning world champion Steph Bridge – captain of the British and the mother of three children, the largest of which also involved him in the championship – has fielded all his talent, winning three out of four races against her opponent Erika Heineken. For five points, however, Erica, the U.S. Lady, stays in the lead of the group of the top ten admitted to the Medal race: after her, Steph Bridge (GB), Caroline Adrien (FRA), Katja Roose (NED), Nayara Licariao (BRA), Christine Boenniger (GER), Elena Kalinina (RUS), Alice Brunacci (ITA), Lilian De Geus (NED), Justina Sellers (NZL).

Five races in total instead of the Gold Fleet male. The first result is actually the position obtained during the qualifying races. En plein without appeal for Johnny Heineken. With him the access to the Medal arises: Andrea Riccardo Leccese (ITA), Adam Koch (USA), Florian Gruber (GER), Kerneur Julien (FRA), Bryan Lake (USA), Maxime Nocher (FRA), Wilson Veloso (BRA) Dave Robertson (NZL), Adam Victor (BRA).

The formula for the Medal race consists of three races for each group (the first one is already the achieved placement in Gold Fleet), via the shortest compared to what has been seen, and positioned in close proximity to the beach. And ‘provided for the inclusion of the mistral, to make it even more spectacular the final of the championship, which will be open to the public from the presentation of the twenty finalists.