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.

 

The PKRA will be returning to China next week for the second year in a row with a new event in Pingtan with 80,000$ in prize money and another event on the tropical Island of Hainan in the Chinese South Sea.  With three freestyle events left in the season the Spaniards Alex Pastor and Gisela Pulido are in the lead. Bryan Lake and Christine Boenniger are in the lead for slalom.  Injuries to Youri Zoon and Bruna Kajiya in Germany have made the road a little easier for the top contenders, but both are recovering well and should be back on the water shortly.  These two events in Asia show how kitesurfing is expending throughout the world and is truly a global sport.  The Island of Pingtan located on the east coast of China in the Taiwan Strait is notorious for strong winds and extreme conditions and will be a great play ground for the top PKRA riders.

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All the PKRA rider have had a few weeks off since Fuerteventura and Turkey and have all taken the opportunity to train around the world in Brazil, Tarifa, Egypt, France and many more locations.  We have been following the videos of the top men and women training and the level just seems to get better.  We will see if guys like Sefan, Liam, Tack and some of the other top ten riders can get their first PKRA win of their career or will Pastor and Jacobs keep dominating the tour.

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Gisela Puliso solidified her lead with Karolina and Bruna not competing in Fuerteventura, we will see if Karolina can close the gap with Gisela or will she extend her points lead.  Annabel Van Westerop  and Paula Novotna are also becoming strong contenders and they might be able to pull an upset and dethrone the world champions.

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The Slalom racing is more and more exciting with guys going faster and faster around the course.  Bryan Lake and Christine Boenniger are the top riders to beat.  Kerneur and Smith are close but seem unable to match Bryan’s top speed.  If Bryan wins this event he will be well into the lead close to becoming the Slalom World Champion having won all three events he entered.

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These two weeks in China will be very exciting, make sure you follow on the PKRA site with the daily press releases, pictures and videos.  The hashtags for the events will be #PKRAPingtan and #PKRAHainan if you want to follow us on the social media’s Facebook and Twitter.

Read original article: PKRA News:Back to Back Asian stops start next week

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