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Re: kiteboarding is very much not alone in IOC disputes

Postby Toby » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:25 pm

time YOU organize an event with big prize money !

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Re: kiteboarding is very much not alone in IOC disputes

Postby evan » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:34 pm

Any sport that isn't watched or followed by millions of people has a problem with gathering enough sponsors and money for the athletes to cover all the costs and make a living out of competing. Kiting isn't unique in that.

Only thing that comes close to gain mass attention is King of the Air and that is vastly more dangerous and sensitive to injuries compared to racing.

Oh, overpaid CEO's is also an universal "problem".

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Re: kiteboarding is very much not alone in IOC disputes

Postby longwhitecloud » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:34 pm

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.


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