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".

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.

 

Day 3 Main Event Freestyle Action in Changing Winds

After the solid wind conditions that were experienced in the prior day’s heats, day 3 of the PKRA Kitesurf World Cup arrived with all the promise of stronger winds and an exciting start to the main event freestyle. At the 10 am riders meeting, the wind was already blowing 10-14 knots, and hopes were high for a full day of competition.  

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As the wind strengthened, the start time was set and the heats got underway.  Unfortunately, after a few minutes into the first heat, riders began to struggle and the heat had to be abandoned due to variable winds on the inside of the completion area, which would fill in and then retreat seemingly without warning. This was a scenario that would unfold continually as the day progressed. As the day was young, conditions soon improved and spectators were treated to some solid freestyle riding with some close heats as riders battled it out on their biggest kites.

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The up and down conditions were challenging for all and had riders calculating the right time and conditions to execute their maneuvers. Noteworthy performances came during heat 3, while despite solid and stylish riding from Hutter, the young Brazilian Mario advanced, earning the highest score of the day with an impressive Hinterberger Mobe 5 and Blind Judge 7 (8.67). Heat 5 was the closest heat of the day wherein De Souza beat out Bakker by only .02 and both riders landing high scoring tricks.  Also, notable - Neto’s double grab S-Mobe 5 turned heads and scored a solid 7.4 on the judge’s tablets in Heat 6. 

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Upon finishing the men’s round, the ladies took advantage of their first opportunity to compete. Largely comprised of South American riders, the first 4 heats featured Vieira from Brazil with the highest scoring heat. Advancing to the next round were Pipkin, Campos, Vieira and Jurado.

Switching back to the men, the Brazilian duo of Eudazio Da Silva and Carlos Madson went head-to-head in the fluky conditions with Da Silva taking the win.  In the last heat of the day, Tack advanced over Umpierre. 

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It was clear in the final 2 heats of the day that contestable conditions would not return and the event was called for the day.  With the sun setting late here in the southern hemisphere, some of the riders used the remaining daylight to do some tasting at a local winery. With glasses in hand, the riders cheered with high hopes that tomorrow will see the return of better wind. Hopes are high that tomorrow will see the return of better wind. Riders will meet at 10:30 am with a first possible start of 11:00. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for all the latest updates. 

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Read original article: PKRA News:Day 3 Freestyle Action in Changing Winds

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