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 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.

 
Following last weeks announcement that grandfathered equipment will not be eligible for racing at the 2013 kiteracing worlds in Hainan, China, the issue has been further discussed with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

ISAF has advised, that for class continental and world championships the class rules cannot be changed through Racing Rule 87. ISAF has also confirmed that the current class rules must be strictly enforced.

The current class rules require that "production kites built before 2012 will be included on the relevant Production Equipment List". The fact, that the kites in question (namely Flysurfer Speed 3 and ELF kites) are not included in the registered equipment list (as required for eligibility under class rule B.1.1), make them currently ineligible for usage at the worlds.

ISAF has also confirmed that the grandfathering rule only applies to kites built before 2012. "Built" in this context means "manufactured, physically made" in contrary to "designed, modeled". (ISAF has publish an editorial amendment to the class rules already).

However, manufacturers are allowed to request that their kites built (manufactured) before 2012 are included on the registered equipment list, provided that the manufacturer can doubtlessly prove for any of such kite

a) the exact manufacturing date of each kite

b) that the kite is series production (a considerable amount of kites have been produced to exactly the same building specification)

c) that each of such kites is clearly identifiable at an event

Furthermore, sailors using such kites, still may be protested and subsequently required to prove to the International Jury at the event that the kite used is identical to one of the kites listed by the manufacturer (and accepted) as being built before 2012. If a sailor cannot provide acceptable proof on the event, the jury will have to disqualify the sailor for all races in which he used such a kite.

All manufacturers which want to have kites built (manufactured) before 2012 to be included on the relevant equipment list are requested to provide a list with kites covered by this grandfathering rule (individual kites, not models) and proof as required above to IKA. The IKA technical committee together with the International Jury appointed for the event and the ISAF technical staff will then examine the proof provided and take a decision on whether or not to include such kites on the list.

Sailors that intend to use kites that unquestionably have not been produced anymore after 2011 are requested to contact IKA directly to initiate inclusion and arrange with the affected manufacturers.

   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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