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 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.

 

An incredible event came to an end yesterday, seeing Sean Farley (MEX) and Sandy Parker (USA) on top after 20 races in winds averaging 30 knots.

Sean Farley seemed the man to beat at these first official North American Course Racing Championships, but the battle was full on for the places 2-5 between Damien Leroy, Jesse Richman, Sky Solbach and Chip Wasson.

Solbach was clearly in second after the first races of the event, holding down 2008 KPWT Racing Champion Jesse Richman and Damien Leroy. Chip Wasson and Abel Lago battling for 5th and 6th. With more races during the 4 day event Damien made more pace up to the top, winning some races agains Farley and making his way up to the second place. It came down to the last day of racing, when the race committee scheduled "only" another four races, with 5 points between places 2 and 5. Richman had a good start, while Solbach struggled on this final day and lost the pace. The decision for second and third had to be taken in the very last race between Leroy and Richman, where finally Leroy had the better and and defeated Richman by only three points after 20 races. With only one discard allowed there was no room for mistakes, and so this event will be memorized for a long time.

In the womens fleet, it was a close battle between Melissa Gil (USA) and Sandy Parker (USA), with the better end for Sandy. After 20 races, only 3 points separated the first three women, with Melissa and Kristin Boese (GER) tied in points but due to the higher number of better results for Melissa Kristin "only" third in the end.

Together with the results from the European Championships in Douarnenez all eyes are set now for the Course Racing world championships in San Francisco later in the season.

Full results are available for download here

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite (Foil)

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Slalom

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom                 male Maxime Nocher  Monaco                 male Narapichit Pudla  Thailand                 male Robert Douglas  United-States   
female Stephanie Bridge   United-Kindom      female Elena Kalinina  Russia      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Estefania Rosa  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Karolina Winkowska  Poland   

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