edt wrote:i got you. It's the companies. I am down with that. I have to say there's no ozone and no liquid force so yeah have to wonder what the politics of this organization is. What is ACT AGENCY GmbH?
I think I'm gonna ignore this GKA thing for now because it has nothing to do with the riders it has nothing to do with the ISAF, it doesn't have all the manufacturers just some of them.
They do have Best so in a way they should be on the WKT side right?
As far as I can tell, GKA are the good guys and pretty much represent the "freestyle kite manufacturing" brands. Ozone and Liquid Force don't have a huge presence on the freestyle tour, although they do have riders that compete. Much less than Cabrinha, Best, Naish, for example. Here's my plain language translation of the original GKA ultimatum:
"Dear IKA, please get your sh!t together and organize a world tour for 2016. If you can't do that, we're going to do business with the PKRA/WKT directly and cut you out of the loop."
Now that we're passed their ultimatum date (15 Jan) their latest press release indicates they're going to do exactly that:
"The GKA received a comprehensive concept by WKT of a tour planned for
2016. IKA did not hand in a concept. The WKT concept is under examination
with the GKA now."
So basically this "manufacturer's lobby" (GKA) is saying that they're taking their sponsorship money and brand recognition to the WKT exclusively because IKA didn't step up to provide freestyle tour leadership in a reasonable time table. I can only assume that the major riders are being asked to stay quiet by their brands so that the brands can figure out what the 2016 tour is going to look like...where the manufacturers go, the riders will follow.