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 fourth day of the Kitesurf World Cup Argentina began with calm conditions and high anticipations. With glassy surroundings greeting the riders on arrival, many wondered whether the wind would appear at all. Around 11:00, the day began to show promise. A light wind line started to push down the canyon of Lago Potrerillos and inched slowly to the event site with each passing moment.  As the wind took its time to fill in, riders and spectators spent the morning enjoying the sun, swimming, and appreciating the pleasant conditions. 

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With the winds building to 8-10 knots around 12:30, slalom racers took to the water first to take advantage of the improving conditions. Hoping for the wind to build to contestable levels to finish the freestyle single, it was decided that the light winds were most suitable to continue on with the slalom. 

As the races got underway, it was clear that many of the racers on twin tips would not have an easy time in the conditions, and most scrambled to find bigger directional boards or opted to stay and watch the from the beach. Light and shifty conditions prevailed throughout the afternoon and in total, three rounds of men’s and three rounds of women’s went off in winds lulling to five knots and reaching just over 12\"\"

The course provided tactical challenges as the buoys were set very tight.  Rounding the mark too wide would result in a struggle to make it above the next mark.  Kite size selection was also a key factor, as the wind would strengthen at times, luring some competitors to rig down, while others chose to stick with their biggest kite.  On this day, 14- 18m kites were the most popular choices.  

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In the men’s fleet, Brian Lake dominated the day, demonstrating why he deserves the world title distinction. Bullets in every race followed by three second-place finishes for Victor Adamo and three third-place finishes for Abeleyra.   

Read original article: PKRA News:Day 4 - Light Wind Slalom Action for PKRA Argentina

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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 Anais Mai Desjardin  France      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

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Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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