Interview with the CEO of the WKL Danny Galiart (2)

Let’s take a look into the future. What can we expect?

What will happen is that there will be way more bonding and connection between riders and their fans. The riders will compete longer in the tour than before. The level of riding will even go up. And the sport will be displayed to a global audience and will attract the big sponsors. . Currently we have a possible reach of 35 million per event with the recap per event but to become a major player we have to expand to the: USA, Asia and Australia.

Can we also expect more competitions on the tour?

Sure. We will have a minimum of: Eight elite events, four big-air events, three Qualifier league events and one Junior world cup in Spain. And then there is the aim to run a country cup event similar to the Davis cup but then within one event!

In this year the tour was made especially for freestyler. Will you introduce foil, slalom or big air as a discipline in 2017?

We are extremely happy to have the world title rights as well for the Big air and as I said, we want to realize four big-air events. I personally would like to integrated big air within the freestyle. But this is something the riders do not want!

Ambitious plans. What kind of problems do you think you will have to deal with?

It’s always challenging to get the events that we are aiming for and to get the funding in place.

Kitesurfing is still a trend sport and grows continuously. How do you see the sportive possibilities?

We all know that this new format really suits the Olympics and I personally believe if we start for the bothem that we are able to pull this off. We saw it within skateboarding and surf that they were able to pull it off! As I said, Asia, the US and Australia have a great potential. Economic and sportive. There has never really been a talent program that was supported and integrated with the tour. The aim of the WKL is to start a talent program which will supply the tour with top riders from the USA, Asia and Australia within the coming 4 year.

How do you see the sportive possibilities? We all know that this new format really suits the Olympics and I personally believe if we start for the bothem that we are able to pull this of. We saw it within skateboarding and surf that they were able to pull it off!

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya won the tour. Did they deserve it? For sure, Carlos is from another planet and is the new kid on the block. He is able to train more than a lot of the other riders, and has an unique talent! Bruna she is for me a champ on the water but even more off the water she has inspired so many people. We did not have Gisela nor Karolina within the tour this year. But the level of the riding within the girls division has never been so high!

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