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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.

 

Bryan Lake regains the lead in slalom racing at the beetle kite surf World Cup in Saint Peter Ording Germany. Thousands of spectators came to the beaches of Saint Peter Ording to enjoy the kitesurf World Cup, the slalom racing, meeting the pros, testing kites and enjoying a beautiful day. The racing got underway at 16:30 with the thermal wind building all the way to 13 knots.  The water was pretty flat and the two mark course was very fast.  Bryan dominated the day by winning two races, Kerneur lost the top spot and Gruber solidified his 3rd place. 

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At the 11 o’clock skippers meeting, the freestylers gathered with the PKRA judges and crew to discuss the judging format and how to improve it for the future. The riders discussed structuring the trials for the 2014 season, discussed with the judges potential scores with video analysis of tricks and the possible return of switch tricks being given more weight in scoring.  These meetings are a key factor in continuing to develop freestyle with the vision of the riders.

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After a few volleyball games it was time to start racing. The wind was around 11 to 13 kn and kites between 13 and 19 m were used on the course.  In the first women’s final Boenniger was in front from the start and won race 8, Sysoeva was 2nd and Bremer third when lutz was unable to finish the race, while riding too close to the beach.  The men’s first final Bryan Lake came out full speed knowing that he needed to win to move in front of Kerneur.  He stayed in front the whole race and was never challenged.  The surprise finisher was Romain Castel in second; Smith also had a great 3rd place finished and got closer to the podium in the overall rankings.

The next two races Boenniger kept on winning and won her 10th straight race.  Sysoeva also got three second places to move well into second.  Lutz guaranteed herself a podium spot in her first slalom event on the PKRA after coming 3rd on race 9 and 10.  Boenniger was perfect thoughout the entire event; always being in front at the first mark and finish line.

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In the final of the second race of the day Kerneur needed a win to get even with Bryan and keep his chances at winning the event.  The two fought hard up front but Lake’s speed kept Julien at bay and Bryan was a full two wins ahead of Kerneur  at the end of the race.  Baumeister had some great speed on his 14m and finished 3rd.
The last race of the day was extremely exciting with Bryan coming in for the win and crashing just before the finish line.  This opened the door for Gruber who won his first race. Baumeister was second and Marcis got his first podium of the week in 3rd. 

Mens Final Race #10 REPLAY (Lake crash)

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The racing conditions were ideal, the course was fast and let the racers reach their top speeds.  Today the fastest racers had an advantage over the ones that are fast around the marks.  Lake is now well in the lead and will be hard to dethrone tomorrow when racing resumes.  Boenniger seems untouchable.  The thousands of spectators that came out really made the day special for the racers, having thousands of spectators following their every movement.  With more sun forecasted for the last day of the event, Sunday at the beach in Germany will be delight. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Lake and Boenniger take charge of the Beetle WC

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