There was huge value in the term "World championship" a term you could far more easily sell to city tourism. They have really good funding.
How is any actual kiter supposed to do that now? and who would put in the effort with that change
A kiter created this with the support of some of the most grassroot kiters on earth > > http://ifkitesports.org/
- what did they get? Legal threats.
We had events with huge $50 000 cheques on the podium, unfortunately you couldnt cash them lol!
I think reality is the situation is a turn off for many people to bother investing their time and effort, and money at this time. Still, I helped out with local wave kiting events which was real fun, especially without any f44wit $ vultures that barely kite telling us grassroot kiters what to do and how to do it. I also entered a wave comp run by a world sailing member - it was an absolute embarrassment.