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".

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.

 

Great conditions and

action boom on the water!

 

The KTE 2013 season officially started this morning with the 1st skippersmeeting hold by course director Markus Schwendtner and freestyle head judge Bas Koole. The tour starts in France/ Almanarre with 46 Racers - 39 men and 7 women – as well as 49 Freestylers - 37 men and 12 women. This first edition of the european tour stop on the Côte d’Azur, is going to be a great event with a parallel execution of the two disciplines.   

 

The registration was hold yesterday afternoon with over 95 riders from 14 countries coming to compete in the bay of Hyères. The riders has had more than 6 month to train and to learn new tricks to prepare. The best european riders are here to claim the 2013 european title in Freestyle or to get points for the IKA World Ranking in Course Racings as well to take home a part of the 10.000€ prize money. 

 

The first day brought strong 30-35 knots. The action was intense right from the beginning. We started with the men’s single elimination and right from the start we could see that the they trained hard over the winterbreak.

The men were riding with 7 meters kites and after to get used to the conditions, the spectators could seen some spectacular tricks. MINI KTE 2012 title holder Mario Rodwald from Germany (NKB) and german starlet Sabrina Lutz (NKB) won the Single Elimination. With eyes wide open the specators got a glimpse of a pretty bright kitesurfing future. The day ended with heat #34 in the double elimination. All of the riders demonstrated incredible progression and will go on tomorrow morning.

 

Focusing on course racing, the competition day proved to be atcionful as well. Racers entered the water in the morning, hungry for a day full of racing action. At the end of the first day, french rider Maxime Nocher (NKB) won 3 of four races following by Julien Kerneur (RRD). The riders were always quite close and handled out arresting battles. British race women Steph Bridge from UK (NKB) holds first place positioning by winning 2 of 3 races and hopes to keep it that way for the following competition days. On second place after three races, Katja Roose from Netherlands is fighting to get the leading position, too.

 

We could not have a better way to start the season with a greatful opening ceremony and perfect conditions to run Freestyle heats and Course Racing legs. Tomorrow nonstop action is planned. With competitors of an high level, the action is going to be top graded. Check out our news on facebook or follow us on twitter.

 

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Read original article: KTE News:Start of the MINI KTE 2013 season

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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  

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