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.

 
The 2013 European Kite Racing Championships have seen 4 days of strong competition and phenomenal conditions on the opening series. But everything comes down today with the top 10 men and women competing in the medal series where they must each sail four races to determine the winner of the 2013 European Championships.

The courses today were shorter, which brought the fleet even closer together and saw the riders fighting hard to improve their standings. First to go racing were the womenʼs fleet and it was going to be a battle between the top two on the overall leaderboard, the British Steph Bridge and Hollandʼs Katja Roose.


Roose had a great start to the day and after a crash from Kalinina at the windward mark she managed to take the lead and scored her third bullet in this championship. Bridge finished in third place and had to come back with a good result in the next race to protect her place on the leaderboard. Giving a dynamic performance in the second race of the day she managed to round on top at the bottom gate and keep her lead ahead of second placed Kalinina, leaving Roose in third. After another 2 races in lighter conditions Bridge kept her top spot on the podium winning the Championship. Roose came a close second and in third was Germanyʼs Christine Boenniger.

Agnieszka Grzymska secured fourth place overall and Spainʼs Nuria Goma finished the championship in fifth position.

Then it was time for the men to hit the water. Ahead of racing, Britainʼs Oliver Bridge had a safe lead from the Italian Leccese who was second overall. But it was Russiaʼs Doronin who had a great start and managed to keep his lead throughout the first race of the day with Leccese in second. Bridge was in third but had no worries about losing his top spot on the leaderboard. Leccese went on to win the second race of the day, distancing himself from the rest of the riders and finishing in second place overall for the championship. After the final two races of the day Franceʼs Maxime Nocher bagged the last podium spot finishing in third place, followed by Rolf Van Der Vlugt in fourth and Russiaʼs Ivan Doronin finishing in fifth place overall.

So Oliver Bridge is crowned the new Kite Racing European champion for 2013 and it would be a hard record to beat, winning the Europeans at his young age of only 15 years old.

It was to be two Bridges on top at this years championships after an amazing finale in the womenʼs racing too. Steph Bridge dominated the competition taking the top spot, with Hollandʼs Roose in second place.

All of the riders gathered to receive their trophies during a memorable closing ceremony. Mother and son could not be happier to have accomplished something not often seen in sports like kite racing, where fitness and experience are key factors.

The warmth and hospitality of the Hang Loose Beach made for a successful and thoroughly enjoyable championship that has left itʼs mark on all of the athletes competing here. It was a memorable week with splendid conditions that could not have been better for the final day of racing.

Final Results 2013 European Kiteracing Championships

Mens Fleet:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR / North)
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA / Ozone)
3. Maxime Nocher (FRA / North)
4. Rolf van der Vlugt (NED / Airush)
5. Ivan Doronin (RUS / Ozone)

Womens Fleet:
1. Steph Bridge (GBR / North)
2. Katja Roose (NED / Airush)
3. Christine Boenniger (GER / Flysurfer)
4. Agnieszka Grzymska (POL / Ozone)
5. Nuria Goma (ESP / Ozone)


Full Results Men:
http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansMedalMen.html
 http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansFinalMen.html


Full Results Women:
 http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansMedalWomen.html
http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansOpeningWomen.html 

The daily video can be found here:  

Photos from the fourth day can be found here: http://bit.ly/12vM1pV 

Also you can download the daily video from the FTP Server using the following details:

Host: ftp.icarussailingmedia.com

Username: hlb2013

Password: hlb.2013

Folder: Sunday

Events Website - http://www.hangloosebeach.it/ 

   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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