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Episode Info: The talented pro rider and founder and president of the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations talks to Alan Block about the years long struggle between his organization and a group of companies, people, and organizations - including World Sailing - for the governance, ownership, and future of kiteboarding at all levels. Learn more at 07:54 Why Spanish people can't understand Portuguese but Portuguese can understand Spanish 09:34 How Diego began his kiteboarding career, what he’s done 12:29 How to raise a kiting rock star - or at least a kid who loves what you do 15:04 Is the current state of kiting - tech and the sport’s maturity - a good time for a young rider to get into the sport? 16:29 Has the more modern gear and design made kiting safer? How did you deal with your kid’s safety when learning? 19:29 What was it like in the early days of pro riding? What was competitive kiting like before the IKA was born? When was it born? 22:38 How did IKA convince kite organizations to join them and World Sailing? 23:42 Was it improper for IKA to declare itself the governing body of kiting? Why? 24:04 Who is the mystery character that has been pushing kite boarding towards sailing and the olympics? 25:06 What is an International Federation anyway? How does it validly and responsibly represent its sport? 27:39 Is kiteboarding sailing? What do riders think? 29:04 What happened to windsurfing under ISAF/World Sailing stewardship? 30:44 Is World Sailing somehow sabotaging windsurfing to get kites in the Olympics? 31:44 Why doesn’t Diogo and IFKO work within World Sailing to accomplish the goals of the riding community? 33:24 Who are all the organizations now claiming to control kiting and how have they gone about pursuing those claims? 37:09 Who has jurisdiction over the IOC and its affiliated organizations? 38:39 Would kiting be better off under the IFKO or World Sailing? Why? 42:24 False documents, national sports ministers, and accreditation. How does it work (or not work)? 43:44 What laws does Diogo think have been broken in this case? 46:24 Why does sailing wants kiting in the Olympics so badly? 49:54 Why does Olympic sailing have such poor fan base 54:24 Speed skating, the EU commission for sport, and monopolies. What’s up? 55:09 How does Diogo intend to move forward to regain control of kiting? 57:59 What is the Global Kitesports Association, and what do they do? 62:61 what are IKA/GKA doing to advance kiteboarding interests? 68:44 Are there any official inquiries into the whole IKA vs. IFKO saga or anyone officially questioning IKA’s right to ‘exclusively govern’ kiteboarding? 70:54 What organizations does the IFKO represent? 75:44 How did the IKA move into and gather the support of the national kiting bodies? 81:04 Javier Perez Dolset, Spanish jails, and the ownership of kiteboarding. 87:04 Virgin Kite World Tour and Sir Richard Branson’s love affair with kiting. What kind of money is in kiting com...
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