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".

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.

 
German Florian Gruber showed why he holds the World Champion Course Racing crown today, winning all of his heats in the first day of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle.

Western Australia turned on near-perfect conditions with clear blue skies and winds averaging 14kn, smooth seas and temperatures in the high 20's.

Three flights of kiteracers raced just offshore in four heats each this afternoon. Overall results put Florian Gruber in fastest place in the Mens division followed by Maks Zakowski from Poland.


19-year-old Gruber said he was finding the conditions a bit different to usual.

"I'm feeling good, but pointing upwind is a little slower than usual, I think it's the current," he said.

The UK's Olly Bridge came out firing, taking the first bullet (win) for the event and finishing the day in equal third with Alejandro Climent Hernandez from Spain.

"The reach was a killer," Bridge said, "But I realised I could take Maks [Zakowski] at the bottom mark."

Fastest finishing Australian Dale Stanton, in eighth position, was stoked with his day's performance.

"It's been awesome - smooth seas, which I like. The first race was long, it took it out of everyone a bit but it's nice to be competing in Perth – we have the most beautiful beaches in the world."

The competition was fierce in the Women's division with Ariane Imbert (France) finishing just ahead of Aga Grzymska (Poland) despite them having equal points. Australia's Lisa Hickman finished fifth.

Grzymska said she really enjoyed the day but the competition was on. "The light winds and smooth seas is what I'm used to, I've been using my 13m [kite]. My battle in this event is with Ariane," she said.

There is four days of racing ahead and, as head of jury Bruno de Wannemaeker told sailors in this morning's skipper's briefing, races are not won on the start line, but they are often lost.

This is the inaugural year for the Kiteracing Oceanics, which is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The competition includes ten top 10 internationally-ranked male and female kiteracers and a strong field of interstate and West Australians competitors across the course racing and freestyle kiting competitions.

Tomorrow's racing commences at 11am with the second day of fast-paced Course Racing heats. Freestyle Jam heats commence on Saturday. A$30,000 in prizemoney is up for grabs in the course racing and A$5000 for the Freestyle competition.

The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships runs through to Sunday when the finals will be held in both categories and valuable world ranking points awarded.

The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships.

TOP 3 MEN AFTER 4 RACES
1. Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone/Temavento) - 4 pts
2. Maks Zakowski (POL, Ozone/Temavento) - 8 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 9 pts

TOP 3 WOMEN AFTER 4 RACES
1. Ariane Imbert (FRA, North/North) - 6 pts
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, Ozone/Gaastra) - 6 pts
3. Nuria Gome (ESP, Ozone/Mikes Lab) - 14 pts


For more information visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages. Join in the conversation with the hashtag #KiteOceanicsWA and #L2L

Media contact: Janine Pittaway +61 (0)418 911 796, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo downloads from each day's racing are available from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/db3vd8x7dmvtgod/OfT2i1Pklu

Vision can be downloaded through Filezilla or an FTP site using the following information:

Host: ftp.icarussportsmedia.com 

Username: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please select the 'Day 1' folder.

 

German Florian Gruber showed why he holds the World Champion Course Racing crown today, winning all of his heats in the first day of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. 


Western Australia turned on near-perfect conditions with clear blue skies and winds averaging 14kn, smooth seas and temperatures in the high 20’s.

Three flights of kiteracers raced just offshore in four heats this afternoon.  Overall results put Florian Gruber in fastest place in the Mens division followed by Maks Zakowski from Poland.

19-year-old Gruber said he was finding the conditions a bit different to usual.

“I'm feeling good, but pointing upwind is a little slower than usual, I think it's the current," he said.

The UK’s Olly Bridge came out firing, taking the first bullet (win) for the event and finishing the day in equal third with Alejandro Climent Hernandez from Spain. 

 "The reach was a killer,” Bridge said, “But I realised I could take Maks [Zakowski] at the bottom mark."

Fastest finishing Australian Dale Stanton, in eighth position, was stoked with his day’s performance.

“It's been awesome - smooth seas, which I like. The first race was long, it took it out of everyone a bit but it's nice to be competing in Perth – we have the most beautiful beaches in the world.”

The competition was fierce in the Women’s division with Ariane Imbert (France) finishing just ahead of Aga Grzymska (Poland) despite them having equal points.  Australia’s Lisa Hickman finished fifth.

Grzymska said she really enjoyed the day but the competition was on.    “The light winds and smooth seas is what I'm used to, I've been using my 13m [kite]. My battle in this event is with Ariane,” she said.

There is four days of racing ahead and, as head of race crew Bruno de Wanamaker told sailors in this morning's skipper's briefing, races are not won on the start line, but they are often lost.

This is the inaugural year for the Kiteracing Oceanics, which is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The competition includes ten top ten internationally-ranked male and female kiteracers and a strong field of interstate and West Australians competitors across the course racing and freestyle kiting competitions.

Tomorrow’s racing commences at approximately 11am with the second day of fast-paced Course Racing heats.  Freestyle Jam heats commence on Saturday.  A$30,000 in prizemoney is up for grabs in the course racing and A$5000 for the Freestyle competition.

The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships runs through to Sunday when the finals will be held in both categories and valuable world ranking points awarded.  

The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships. 

For more information visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages. Join in the conversation with the hashtag #KiteOceanicsWA and #L2L

Media contact: Janine Pittaway +61 (0)418 911 796,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Photo downloads from each day’s racing are available from:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/db3vd8x7dmvtgod/OfT2i1Pklu 

Vision can be downloaded through Filezilla or an FTP site using the following information:
Host:  ftp.icarussportsmedia.com
Username:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please select the 'Day 1' folder.

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Nico Parlier  France      male Theo Lhostis  France      male Martin Dolenc  Croatia      male Tiger Tyson  Antigua-and-Barbuda      male Alex Caizergues  France  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Alexia Fancelli  France     female Jingle Chen  China     female Jingle Chen  China     female Hannah Whiteley  United-Kindom  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Airton Cozzolino  Italy      male Airton Cozzolino  Italy                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Moona White  United-States      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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