It has taken a long time, but the Dominican kiteboarding athletes have finally gotten their support. For three years the local riders have struggled and worked towards an association that will open new doors and make sure the future of Dominican riders will be improved. Three years and an enormous amount of paperwork two weeks ago paid off when the newspapers finally proclaimed the Asociacion Dominicana de Kiteboarding official. Led by local rider and passionate supporter Jose Armando Mieses, the Dominican kiteboarding scene can now focus and grow towards a new era. Through the association there have already been accomplished important goals. The issue of safety is being addressed, both regarding the beaches as well as for the riders themselves. Especially in Cabarete, the kiteboarding capital of the Dominican Republic, the beaches are crowded and in lack of rules. Although there is an organized system to maintain some order and safety, the association will now work progressively towards cooperation between schools, hotels and other establishments on the beach to make sure that this rapidly growing sport stays safe and healthy. And just as important, the association will help the riders to achieve their dreams and goals and support the many amazing talents. Through the years the kiteboarding world has seen riders like Luciano Gonzales, Jose Luis Ciriaco, Wilson Taveras and many more make it to high international levels in their sport, but new talents are growing up and facing harder times as the industry grows. The young riders will now benefit from these professional athletes’ experiences as all of them contribute through supporting the new association. The first ever event in the name of ADK is took place on the 20 of June. Where 27 riders enter the water outside of Kite Beach Hotel as the first official Dominican Kiteboarding competition. The competition will hand out two wild cards for the two best riders to enter the upcoming PKRA Cabarete World Cup stage next week. The level is high, and the favorites many, but most importantly the riders get a chance to show themselves before an excited crowd of spectators. Unfortunately, the world cup rider and Dominican Champion of last year, Alex Soto, was recently injured in a motorcycle accident and couldn’t enter the competition. Alex was a top favourite for the competition and will be ready for the world cup event next week. All the riders decided to give Alex one of the wild cards and they are therefore now hunting down the last wild card for PKRA Cabarete.