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".

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.

 

KTA Kite kids Boracay hosts power kiting for tribal people, freestyle coaching and race clinic training for the champions of the next generation

KTA Kite Kids organiser Kathrin Borgwardt takes a look a the final KTA Kid Kids of the season and what a week it was

KTA Kite Kids changed its format for the finale of the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) on Boracay to cover as many kids and levels as possible and not only train complete beginners. After last year’s KTA Kite Kids on Boracay Boracay resident Melvyn Mabute from England continued the work and established a Kite Kids Club. It’s the first place we had so many experienced kids between 8-13 years in the water, who are actually just starting to compete and who we wanted to offer the possibility to progress with the help of KTA pro-riders.

Kite Kids

Four days were fully packed of Kitesurfing activities for kids of all levels. We started with a freestyle clinic. 7am all kids met together with some of the pro-riders such as Robin Snuggs, Sukie Huntley Robertson, Estefania Rosa, David Jordan Robinson Shields and Kathrin Borgwardt for a Champions breakfast. It didn’t take long and the kids were on the water. We saw first raileys, grabs, transition jumps, backrolls of tiny kiters on tiny 5 and 7m kites. More experienced riders showed us S-bends and surface passes and Christian Tio could have taught the coaches with his level, which shows, how fast the kids are learning and overtaking actually.

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“The kids have been training every single day and are almost not to get out of the water” tells us Melvyn, who is not only coaching the kids but who has his house open for the kids at any time of the day. And its not only the kiting he takes care of, if there is a problem at school or with the parents- its Melvyn who is there for the kids and makes sure that even though the kiting is so exciting, school comes first. It’s a normal Saturday or Sunday morning, if you see the bay full of kid-kiters, when they use the time off from school supervised on the water by their coach.

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The following day continued with a clinic with Atte Kappel, David Chen and Kathrin Borgwardt for the junior twin-tip racers. Flags needed to be learnt and understood, start sequences got trained and on the second day we ran 6 training races on a full course.

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Third day was an amazing and different experience for us- teaching the tribal kids, the Ati (the Aborigine’s), who are fighting for their last piece of land. Amazing to see- how happy 5 foil kites can make a whole village.

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Our junior competitors got off from school for the days of the competition and were excited to watch their idols and to train until it was their turn. They showed that they are learning and improving fast and 11 kids showed in the kid’s race competition and in the freestyle expression session that they are our future champions.

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And especially in the Twin-tip racing the Kite Kids has just produced the big upset result of the event as rising competition star and kite kids racer Christian Tio has beaten all the Weekend Warriors to take an overall win in the combined fleet – first through for the Weekend Warriors was Hendrik van der Pere and this was no light wind race.

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Thanks for all the support to KTA – Kiteboard Tour Asia, Melvyn Mabute & Rossana Magliquian Good, Robin Snuggs, Estefania Rosa, Cabrinha Kiteboarding, The HeadWare and Paula Rosales and the sponsors of the prizes for the award giving. Simone Bartmann from FunboardCcenter, Aqua Sub, Victor Ocskai from Victory Divers, Carlos Blanch from Fish Eye Divers and Martin Andersson from Boracay SUP.

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