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.

 

KPWTThe first event of the 2009 Kiteboard Pro World Tour came to an end yesterday, and with five out of six days with enough wind for competition it was a big success.

A double elimination in Freestyle was completed, as well as a single elimination in Wave Masters, plus nine course races. Only the Kiteloop competition could not be completed.

75 competitors from 18 nations were welcomed by the crowds at Brandenburger Strand in Westerland, Sylt. Besides the top competitors from the international pro scene, a lot of local riders had made their way up to Germanys most northerly island.

In the mens freestlye competition, two germans ended up on the first places, both finals in single and double elimination were held between Stefan Permien (GER, Kitefactory) and Mario Rodwald (GER, North), and both heats were won by Mario. Peter Tyushkevich (RUS, Flexifoil) in third, defeating Vincent Tiger (FRA, F-One) who made his way through the double elimination back to the loosers finals.

A similar situation in the womens freestyle competition, with Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) winning both finals against Kristin Boese (GER, Best). Hannah Whiteley (GBR, JN) won the loosers finals agains Helen Thompson (GBR, Naish)

The Wave Masters event was held in good conditions, with the strongest wind of the whole competition and waves of approximately 1.5 m, which allowed for nice surfing style and even tube rides. Mitu Monteiro (CAV, F-One) showed his extra-ordinary class against Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM) in the final, Jesse Richman (USA, Cabrinha) in third ahead of Abel Lago (ESP, RRD).

The womans competition in the waves was another time dominated by Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), defeating Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) and Ainhoa Garcia (ESP, Airush) in third ahead of Kristin Boese (GER, Best).

The course racing competition was dominated by Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha), but both Abel Lago (ESP, RRD) and Sean Farley (MEX, North) gave him a hard time. Even after nine races and two discards all three of them were only a few points apart.

The womens course racing was clearly decided with Kristin Boese (GER, Best) and a perfect score. Ainhoa Garcia (ESP, Airush) and Caroline Adrien (FRA, Naish) in third.

The event came to an end with the pricegiving ceremony right at the promenade at Westerland Beach, with perfect sunshine for the winners of this competition.

   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 Anais Mai Desjardin  France      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 Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  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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