Welcome to the International Kiteboarding Association

 

Our Vision

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

 

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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 first day of competition at the MINI Kiteboard World Cup was slow building, but by four in the afternoon the thermal winds had turned on and the slalom was set to start on the Riviera Nayarit.  Bryan Lake and Warenka Smunty both won their first finals in spectacular fashion.  The heats were close in the beginning but by the end of the day both finals were decided on the last leg of the race.  All the riders were happy about the new format and are looking forward to more racing tomorrow in front of the Hard Rock Hotel.

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The 22 men ladder was set up so that the top 4 men of the first 4 heats would advance out of the first round, then the top two would advance through the quarters and semis to make a 4 men final.  In the first heat of the day the favorites, 2012 world slalom champion Julien Kerneur and Sean Farley both advanced.  The next heat Adam Kock and Kevin Langeree also advanced.  Kevin was on a twin tip and was perfect on the start but Adam just had more board speed and easily advanced to the next round.  Heat 3 Adam Withington and Gunnar Biniasch battled for the lead and Alex Pastor came in third.  In Heat 4, the last heat of the round Bryan lake dominated the field and advanced.

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The quarter finals had no major upset except for Farley who was disqualified for taking out Basave in the second heat, all the other favorites advanced to the semis where the competition started heating up.  The first semifinal Kerneur and Kock easily qualified for the final and had to wait for the very competitive 2nd semifinal to finish.  Ramirez and Biniasch gave Lake and Whithington a good run but could not finish in the top two to advance to the final.

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The Lake, Kock, Kerneur and Withington final was close right from the start.  All four men had perfect starts just a couple of meters apart.  Adam Kock took the lead from the start and had to hold off Lake for much of the race, with Bryan trying to cut inside at the marks to try to get a lead.  Their kites made contacts a few times but unless you are reckless you can push the limits in Slalom racing.  Kerneur had some troubles at the first mark and Whithington capitalized on it to secure a 3rd place finish.  Lakes aggressive kiting paid off when he was finally able to take the inside line at the last mark and accelerate to the finish line, Adam held the lead most of the race, but Bryan’s strategy paid off with a win.

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The 7 girls had a winner take all race.  The girls were a little slow at the start but once the race was underway it was very exciting.  Erika was just a couple of meters early and had to be disqualified.  Then it was a close battle between Warenka and Arroyo all the way to the last leg when Warenka was able to grab the lead and win the first women heat and final of the day.

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Tomorrow the ladders will be a little different with two six men semifinals and one six men final.  Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and info.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Lake and Smunty shine on day 2

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