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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.

 

Freestyle winners of KTA Indonesia event kept on tenterhooks after tight finals wrap up but results held for Sunday’s closing ceremony

 

Trikora Beach Km52, Bintan – Both the men’s and women’s freestyle contests at the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) were so tight they went to a “super-final” decider as the competitors executed their biggest moves almost faultlessly in near  perfect conditions on Indonesia’s Bintan island.

Jaka Komocar (SLO), victor in the round robin format of day one, was forced to face Dylan van der Meig (NED) twice after the 18-year-old battled his way back in the double elimination with a series of heats where he consistently landed powered tricks smoothly.

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The Dutchman defeated Komocar, 17, in the first final despite the Slovenian almost matching him trick for trick, throwing down “S” bend passes, blind judge 3, and back mobes with similarly powerful fluidity.

Komocar was given another chance to clinch the KTA Indonesia title with a deciding super-final, but tore a binding off his board in the last minute as a double “S” bend pass went awry in the surf break, ending his heat.

But both teenagers will have to wait until Sunday’s closing ceremony of the event,  whose presenting sponsor is Bintan Regency supported by the tourism department and Agro Beach Resorted,  when the organizers will reveal the outcome.

“The last final was not my best, but I hope it was enough,” said van der Meig. “I was certainly pleased to get the win over him in the first final. It gave me confidence for the ‘super-final’.  I’d got used to the conditions more today and the officials moved the competition box inshore, giving us more space and the chance to use the kickers.”

The women’s freestyle contest also went to a nail biting “super-final” after Estefania Rosa Santos (BRA) saw off a challenge from the 21-year-old British champion, Rosanna Jury, who took a hard crash in shallow water when she caught a wave in an “S” bend attempt.

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Santos, 26, the Brazilian number two, then took out Kelly Shouten (NED), the winner from day one as both women experienced difficulty completing their allotted five tricks from nine attempts in the seven-minute final in the winds gusting to 25kts in the rolling swell.

In the tense super-final Santos landed five air passes during her repertoire that included a Blind Judge 3, Slim Chance, and a Shifty 3 that left her elated on and off the water and Shouten slightly gloomy about her prospects when the results are finally unveiled.

“It was tough for me today, it definitely didn’t go as well as yesterday,” said Shouten, on her first foray back to competitive riding since her cruciate ligament surgery last April. “Conditions were easier than yesterday, but I just didn’t really get into the flow of landing all my tricks. I feel I didn’t do enough to win.”

By comparison a beaming Santos was confident her stellar riding would be sufficient for the judges to give her victory. “I feel very relaxed,” she said. “I think five air passes is more than enough. After losing yesterday it much more energy, so today was better.”

With the freestyle contest completed the racers were again given the chance to take to the water, though the difficulties posed by  the tough conditions of strong winds and huge swell  on day one forced officials to set a shorter course for safety reasons, with Formula kiteboarders completing three circuits of the track and the Twin-Tip racers one.

Narapichit “Yo” Pudla (THA), who had unusually faltered in the freestyle contest, was almost flawless in both the raceboard and twin-tip classes as he elected to take part in the three races in each division run back-to-back.

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Of the six races Pudla, 23, won five and took a second in the twin-tip class, only beaten by Doque Delos Santos (PHI), the reigning KTA champion. In the raceboard class Pudla was chased hard by his training partner Chanon “Jack” Phrakaew (THA) and Nils Stolzlechner (AUT), both of whom took seconds and thirds.

Stolzlechner, a raceboard designer for Gaastra, was pleased with the shortened course in the conditions, though in the dropping breeze had struggled to find an optimum compromise between his 10m and 13m kites.

In the women’s raceboard class Astrid Berz (SUI), who had placed fifth overall at the Kiteboard Racing World Championships in China last November, put in strong performances winning two of the three races and retiring in a third.

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Kathrin Borgwardt (GER) took the opportunity to snatch a wind with Berz gone, and scored to second places, along with three victories in the twin-tip class.

“The courseboard race was a big challenge with the huge waves outside,” said Borgwardt. “Down-wind with the big swell it’s more like surfing, but the risk is that you run under your kite. Astrid Berz is just too fast and my wins yesterday and today were because of her mistakes. But I’m pretty happy.”

Day Two Freestyle results, men and women

Final winners results held until the awards night on the 26th Jan

Day Two Raceboard results, men and women

1. Yo Narapichit Pudla (THA)                        1. Astrid Berz (SUI)

2. Nils Stolzlechner (AUT)                             2. Kathrin Borgwardt (GER)

3. Atte Kappel (SWE)                                      3. Bilge Ozturk  (TUR)

Day Two Twin-Tip results, men and women

Yo Narapichit Pudla (THA)                            1. Kathrin Borgwardt (GER)

Jay Ortiz (PHL)                                                   2. Kelly Schouten (NED)

Louie Fernando (PHL)                                     3. Fon Benyapa Jantawan (THA)

 

 

 

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