Welcome to the International Kiteboarding Association

 

Our Vision

To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

For more information please also visit our topic specific websites:

 

Formula Kite

The Formula Kite class is a high performance hydrofoiling class using regulated series registered production equipment freely available.

For Regional Games and a possible inclusion in the Olympic Games, one hydrofoil model and one kite model will be selected for a plain level playing field and to avoid an arms race.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

The KiteFoil class is a full development class with minimal equipment limitation, allowing brands to test the latest equipment on the market.

The GoldCup tour is the sports premium event series with events all around the world and a strong focus on media production and prize money level.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

The Expression Disciplines currently include Freestyle, Big Air, Wave Riding, Strapless Freestyle and Park. Competition is judged on difficulty and execution rather than "first past the post".

The future governance of the world tour / world championships is currently under discussion between World Sailing, IKA, and the Kiteboarding Industry.

 
 

Youth Olympics

Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls under 18.

Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

The IKA continues to campaign for an inclusion of kiteboarding in the 2020 Tokyo Games and several Regional Games on One Design Kitefoiling Equipment.

The Formula Kite class is the only afforadable solution for emerging and developing nations to compete in high performance classes and ticks all boxes of the IOC requirements, especially for youth and media appeal.

 

The International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have to clarify their position on the newly created GPS Speed World Records, introduced by the website GPSSS www.gps-speedsurfing.com) and GPSKS (www.gps-kitesurfing.com).  

These world records can not be recognised by us and we feel they will introduce confusion into the world of speed sailing. 


We have worked with the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) for many years and with their help established many world and national records for our members. The WSSRC has been established since 1972 and is sanctioned by ISAF to provide impartial results and observe claims by all high speed sailing craft and ensure that they are achieved fairly and correctly under their rules, ensuring fair play for all. They are the only official body that can issue World and National records which is widely accepted and supported by the sailing world. 

We do accept that the websites GPSSS and GPSKS have done an excellent job in promoting speed sailing using hand held GPS devices and have brought a large number of new competitors to the sport of speed sailing. Their technical groups have worked hard in achieving good accuracy levels and the website does a great job in providing a platform to compare results across the world. 

We would appreciate if GPSSS and GPSKS would formally present their findings about accuracy levels to the WSSRC instead of going a route of divisiveness. The WSSRC has stated to be open to any new timing methods, as long as their accuracy levels can be proven and comply with the general WSSRC rules. Both ISWC and IKA have stated on many occasions that we are happy to help in this endeavour. 

The International Speed Windsurfing Class Committee
The International Kiteboarding Association Committee

 

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