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.

 

Maxime Nocher & Sophie Caillet win the inaugural IKA KiteFoil GoldCup 2014 in La Ventana, Mexico.

Playa Central Beach Club in La Ventana, Baja California Sur, México hosted the first tour stop of the new hydrofoil kiteboarding circuit called KiteFoil GoldCup, bringing in the top competitors from 11 different nationalities mainly coming from France and lots of top contenders from the San Francisco bay area.

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Sailed over four days and fourteen races the event had all conditions presented. From light and shifty to gale force winds a fair test was administered by the Race Committee lead by PRO Robbie Dean. The real question that everyone wanted to see answered was how the newcomers in the fleet would fair against the pioneering French contingent.

The epic battle ensued after a brief delay on day one. By late afternoon the wind had slowly built to six knots and the sailors rigged their biggest kites. Sailing at speeds more than doubling the windspeed the competition was fierce. French sailor Maxime Nocher was clearly dominant in the light wind qualifying series scoring all first place finishes. However with strong wind forecasted this championship was still up for grabs.

The championship series was conducted over the following three days with thousands of spectators viewing from the beach.

Saturday the 15th saw the traditional "El Norte" winds having sailors rig their 7m and 9m kites. 3 races peer fleet were on the day's agenda. Johnny Heineken, Joey Pasquali and Bryan Lake showed the whole fleet how many hours they have logged the past summer and this winter by always coming in the top 7 in all races but nothing close to Frenchmen Maxime Nocher who once again took the day winning every race.

On Sunday the 16th the El Norte came in strong and heavy with 40-knot gusts and offshore winds. The strong winds made the race committee hesitant from running races due to the big swell and call for the first ever hydrofoil bigair competition. Local rider Adam Withington won this big air contest with the highest jumps, combination of tricks and smooth landings, followed by Herve Rousseau in 2nd and Maxime Nocher in 3rd.

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The last day of the regatta saw perfect and traditional La Ventana winds coming strong, heavy and consistent from the North.

At the end of the regatta, Maxime Nocher took all bullets earning his 1st place followed by Johnny Heineken in 2nd, Nicolas Parlier in 3rd, Julien Keurner in 4th and Joey Pasquali in 5th. The French female champion Sophie Caillet won her division followed by La Ventana local, Cynthia Brown in 2nd, Catherine Dufour in 3rd and Eugenia Gueorguieva in 4th.

The four stop KiteFoil GoldCup will continue in August with a stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland and then on to Townsville, Australia. The tour will then conclude in the motherland of Hydrofoil Kiteboarding, Gruissan France.

Watch out for these athletes as they compete for international fame in this new and exciting discipline presented by the International Kiteboarding Association.

RESULTS KITEFOIL GOLDCUP LA VENTANA

1. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North/Taaroa)
2. John Heineken (USA, Ozone/Taaroa)
3. Nicolas Parlier (FRA, North/Spotz)

 

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About IKA

The IKAwas formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of competition kiteboarders throughout the world, and to combine the professional tours into one consistent world ranking. Since 2008, IKA is developing competition formats and rules as class association within the International Sailing Federation.

Several professional tours are sanctioned by the IKA including the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) which is awarded to conduct the world championship in freestyle and slalom kiteboarding throughout their tour, the Kite Surf Pro (KSP) who is running the wave world championship tour on behalf of the IKA in the most extreme wave locations around the world as well the the Kitesurf Tour Europe (KTE) and the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA), which are awarding the continental freestyle championship titles through their tours.

Additional programs of the IKA include cooperations with KB4Girls which is focussed on empowering women through the sport of kiteboarding, the KTA Race centers which are offering training and coaching opportunities to sailors in South East Asia, and the Kite Kids program which is offering training and participation programs to children in emerging countries.

 

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite (Foil)

 

KiteFoil Open

 

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 Anais Mai Desjardin  France      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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