Global Kitesports Association (GKA), announced the launch of a sticker program to identify kiteboarders. The reason is that, each year, hundreds of kiteboarders suffer equipment failures, sudden wind loss, or both, and may be stranded at sea or get lost at sea.
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It can be used on kites or kiteboards, and contains extremely useful information regarding lifeboat search-and-rescue. Rescue teams will call kiteboarders if they find a board or kite that is lost. This allows them to determine if the rescue mission can continue or if it must be stopped.