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.

 
Despite obtaining a penalty after breaking the start in Race 6 today, World Champion Florian Gruber from Germany held his lead finishing top after Day Two of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle.

British youngster Olly Bridge has moved into second fastest position and Maks Zakowski from Poland into third after consistent sailing in light wind conditions averaging 11 kn and high temperatures in the mid 30's.

Competitors are enjoying Perth's sailing conditions and third placeholder Zakowski said it was similar to home making it a comfortable ride today.
"I got the first bullet [race win] of the day. I prefer light wind conditions so 14m kites are fine for me. In Poland we get light winds a lot so I'm used to it. If it drops tomorrow and I can get onto my 19m kite, those are my conditions."

Also happy with his racing today is fourth placeholder Alejandro Climent-Hernandez from Spain.

"I just tried to race clean today. I got a second, first and a third, which I was pretty happy with, and then a fifth today. On the last race, I changed down to an 11m kite as the wind built, but should have stayed with my 14m."

It wasn't such plain sailing for Blazej Ozog from Poland who is currently in fifth.

"I was over a minute late on the first start due to a tangle but I managed to pull it back to take third. In the next race I tried to block Florian [Gruber] who was on a pin end start but he went over too early, and so did I! The last two races I got two second places. I switched to bigger fins for the lighter winds, but they feel slower for me," he said.

The battle between Poland's Aga Grzymska and France's Ariane Imbert showed no signs of waning today with Grzymska taking the overall lead, winning Races 5 and 6 and Imbert taking out the final race of the day. Her selection of bigger fins for the lighter wind conditions may well have been the pay off.

Tomorrow the course racing will be followed by the first heat of the Freestyle Jam, from approximately 3pm, where competitors aim for the best tricks and big air to score the best points. With sunset markets, the Oceanics Bar, Aussie Beach BBQ and free twilight movie screening, there will be plenty of action both on and off the water.

The medal series races will be fought out on Saturday and Sunday with A$30,000 in prizemoney up for grabs in the course racing and A$5000 for the Freestyle competition.

The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). 100 championship points are awarded to the event winner.

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

Top 3 Men after 7 races:
1. Florian Gruber (Germany) 7 pts
2. Olly Bridge (Great Britain) 13 pts
3. Maks Zakowski (Poland) 13 pts

Top 3 Women after 7 races:
1. Aga Grzymska (Poland) 9 pts
2. Ariane Imbert (France) 11 pts
3. Nuria Goma (Spain) 24 pts


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   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

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 Elena Kalinina  Russia      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Estefania Rosa  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Karolina Winkowska  Poland   

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