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 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.

 

The final day of the Kiteboard World Cup Panama wrapped up with Christophe Tack and Karolina Winkowska earning the top spots in the Nitro City Kite and Cable Challenge, sweeping both the first and second disciplines.

With all the pressure from the main event freestyle contest behind them, the riders seized the opportunity to participate in a fun competition format that combined two of the many sports on offer here in Nitro City - kiteboarding and cable wakeboarding.  

Today’s Cable contest had the top eight men and four women finishers from yesterday’s kiteboarding Best Trick contest doing battle for the top spot by showcasing their skills behind the cable. Taking place a mere 150 meters from the beach, the stage was set with the Red Bull mobile DJ unit spinning tunes and American kite pro Erik Reinstra commentating the action. 

With six passes through the two-obstacle course, riders were judged half on their tricks on the kicker and the other half on their slider maneuvers. The sum of their score from today and yesterday’s kiteboarding best trick contest was then added together to decide the winner. 

Taking to the water first were the ladies, who were clearly having fun as the amped crowd cheered them on.  With some solid passes and spectacular crashes, the ladies put forth a valiant effort.  In the end, it was Karolina Winkowska’s Frontside 360 off the kicker and nice ollie on slider hits that led her to the win with both the highest kite and cable score.

For the men it was Aaron Hadlow and Christophe Tack that shined the brightest, as they demonstrated solid execution of a variety of tricks on both the slider and kicker. 

Hadlow styled out the first big hit of the day with a Toeside Backside 540 off the kicker as well as a smooth Nose Press to Blind on the slider.  Tack also went big and almost landed a Heel Frontside 900 after stomping a consecutive Backside 540 and Frontside 720.

In the end, Hadlow’s cable scores totaled 0.1 point higher than Tack’s, however after combining the cable and kite scores, Tack came out on top, giving him the victory by a mere 1.1 point spread.

With the winners of the Nitro City Kite and Cable Challenge decided, the Kiteboard World Cup Panama officially came to a close with a spectacular award ceremony crowning the event champions and awarding the Sportsman Award to Eudazio DaSilva, and the Best Newcomer Award to Analous Lammerts.  

A surprising, suspense filled, and fantastic event now sets a high bar for the next event to come in Morocco. Stay tuned to the Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on event videos and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour.

 

 

Read original article: PKRA News:Tack and Winkowska Sweep Nitro City Kite and Cable Challenge

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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   

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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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