Some Cold Shoulders Given to New Kiteboarders
by Cathi Long [July 3, 2006]
While there are plenty of long-time kite surfers who will lend a hand to newcomers of the extreme sport, more than 80% of the members of AKSA, the newly formed American Kite Surfing Association, report being treated rudely by an experienced kite surfer."
Logan Long, President and Co-founder of the AKSA, said, "This is not the reputation or image we want for our sport. AKSA is more committed than ever to ensure this sport is open, available, and welcoming to anyone interested. AKSA will not allow a few bad apples to ruin the joy in the sport."
Long also suggested, "This organization is about inclusion. Many of the old-timers in the sport are arrogant and try to exclude the efforts of new participants. AKSA is about welcoming everyone to the sport of kite surfing regardless of experience level, race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation. We believe kite surfing is a great sport for anyone who loves thrills and adventure."
American Kite Surfing Association (AKSA) is the leading organization for kite surfers in North America. Founded in 2006 by two extreme sport enthusiasts, membership is anticipated to exceed 30,000 before the end of the year. The purpose of the enterprise is to bring heightened awareness to this fast-growing, dynamic, and fun sport. A vast array of information, products, and techniques are available to the visitors of the AKSA website, www.kite-surfingusa.com. After more than a decade of popularity through Europe and Australia, active North American extreme sport athletes are recognizing the maximum adrenaline rush through kite surfing.
This dramatic interest in the athletically demanding sport has given AKSA founders encouragement about the value of their newly founded organization. AKSA will select 50 leading industry product manufacturers to highlight and profile throughout an extensive national media outreach campaign.
Cathi Long Executive VP American Kite Surfing Association Info@kite-surfingusa.com 727-772-1202