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".

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.

 

After equipment inspection on the evening of the first day of the 2013 Kiteracing European Championships in Gizzeria, Italy, the Race Committee filed a protest against three sailors using 2013 Temavento Racing Boards. The protest was heard on day 2 by an ISAF International Jury.

Based on the report of the event measurer, the protest was filed because the equipment was found not to be in compliance with the data provided by the manufacturer, and furthermore because the railshape of the front part of the inspected boards showed variation outside of reasonable production and measurement tolerances.
The building specifications of the brands itself are subject to a confidentially agreement in the builders contract. Only the class measurers have access to such data and use such data for measurement at events.

The international jury thereafter requested the race committee to measure all Temavento Racing boards present at the championship. A total of 19 boards were found to be not in compliance with the class rules.

The IKA class rules require all equipment used in course racing events to be "series production". According to the builders contract, any builder "agrees to ensure a consistent product strictly in accordance with the Manufacturing Specification and with the highest possible degree of uniformity in every respect".

The International Jury's decision was to disqualify all sailors using boards found not to be in compliance with the class rules from the races of day 1 and 2. The equipment involved is not allowed to be used in competition anymore.

In the meatime, Temavento has published statements on their facebook page as follows:

Temavento Race Engineering: "I wanted to point that no one of our riders and customer were aware about the wrong measurement of bow of the board. No one of them can be involved in a wrong production after # 31. Our factory and myself are the only one to blame. I am deeply sorry for them all."

Temavento Race Engineering: "Starting from Monday july 29 in the shortest possible production time, TemaVento will replace all boards with serial number higher then #31 being found defective in measurements of the bow. All replaced boards will be inspected by an official FIV measurer prior to ship them. Temavento will contact the customers involved in the warranty procedure within August 4. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

However, if during further investigation, the Class, Race Committee and/or jury finds proof that a sailor has knowingly used a class illegal board, further action may be taken, including the possibility of a hearing under rule 69 which may result in suspension of the sailor from future competition.

Also, further action may be taken against the manufacturer after full investigation of the incident. Investigation will commence in the course of this week.

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

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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