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 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 second annual Hainan international kitesurfing Festival got underway today with the registration of the top PKRA riders. Most riders have been here for two three days and have taken advantage of conditions. The winds have been in the 15 knot range, except for today when the trade winds did not kick in. All the top riders are here ready to do battle the second consecutive Chinese event.  Alex Pastor has already clinched his world title; Gisela Pulido can clinch another one with a win here.


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The tropical island of Hainan is a great venue to hold kite surfing world cup. The light trade winds are perfect for freestyle. The water is warm and the wind is hot, so no wetsuits are required to enjoy the conditions. After the extreme conditions of the last event, this event will be much tamer but the perfect Trade winds allow the riders to really push their technical riding.  We can expect to see many great tricks and riders to be pushing the execution of every move.


\"\"Everyone is staying at the Tienyow Grand Hotel just across the street from the event site, with its hot pools and great buffets everyone is enjoying their five-star hotel accommodations.  Getting closer to the end of the season all the top riders are getting focused on getting some top results and securing one of the coveted top eight spots, so that they will not have to do trials at the beginning of next year and will be automatically qualify for the main event. 


\"\"The opening ceremony took place at the beach today with all the officials welcoming the PKRA riders to the island of Hainan.  Later in the evening a banquet dinner was held with traditional Chinese food and great service that was a delight.

\"\"With the typhoon moving into the South China Sea it looks like the trade winds will not be present for the weekend and that will have to hold out a few more days before we get some suitable conditions. However the thermal can always kick in and provide the perfect opportunity for the riders to show their best maneuvers.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the next few days to stay informed on the latest conditions and results.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Registration for the Hainan World Cup 2013

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