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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.

 
 

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 born between 2000 and 2003.

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 decision to re-instate windsurfing for the 2016 Olympic Games has caused some confusion regarding the point system and event grading systems to be applied for the remainer of 2012 and, more importantly, for 2013 ff.

IKA and ISAF have negotiated throughout various meetings during the past week and have agreed on the following system for the course racing discipline.

  1. For 2012, the ranking system prior to September 1st 2012 will be used to reward riders for their 2012 overall performance. This agreement had been reached already before the Olympic decision. The 2012 ranking will therefore include all events from 01.01.2012 until 31.12.2012, including the European Championship, the World Championship, the South American Championship and the upcoming Sail Melbourne Sailing World Cup. Grading for these events will follow the old, prize money based grading system. The events are graded as follows:
        1. European Championships: 405 points
        2. World Championships: 715 points
        3. South American Championships: 200 points
        4. Sail Melbourne: 300 points
  2. On January 1st 2013, the old grading and ranking system ceases to apply and the new ranking system as introduced on September 1st 2012 will be the only ranking system. The first event counting for the new ranking is the European Championships 2012, and all events after September 1st 2012 will be re-graded according to the ISAF grading criteria currently used, with some small changes that have been agreed as follows:
    1. 200 pointer events:
      IKA World Championship, ISAF Sailing World Championship (if including kiteboarding)
    2. 100 pointer events:
      IKA continental championships, ISAF Sailing World Cups (if including kiteboarding)
    3. 50 pointer events:
      Other international events (including all kiteboarding tours), ISAF multi-class events (if including kiteboarding, e.g. Eurosaf-events)
    4. 20 pointer events:
      One event nominated per paid up IKA member, e.g. national championships
    5. Event organizers need to apply for event grading in accordance to ISAF grading criteria. Details can be found here and the grading form will be available soon from the secretariat
  3. The ranking will include every riders best 5 results in the past 12 months (for the 2013 ranking, starting on September 1st 2012).
  4. If major events apply a quota (e.g. world championships, continental championships), places will be assigned on the following base:
    1. One starting place per applying country for the best rider from that country
    2. max 10 regional wildcards
    3. max 5 injury wildcards
    4. remaining places strictly in order of the position in the world ranking as of close of registration
  5. ISAF and Eurosaf are currently negotating with the individual event organizers to include kiteboarding in as many events as possible. We will update the event schedule on our website as soon as we have more news and either confirm or delete the respective events.

For further questions, please contact the IKA secretariat directly

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom      male Maxime Nocher  Monaco      male Atte Kappel  Sweden      male Victor Bachichet  France      male Rob Douglas  United-States  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Anais Mai Desjardin  France     female Kirstyn O'Brien  United-States     female Jingle Chen  China     female Angely Bouillot  France  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Airton Cozzolino  Italy                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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