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.

 

Today Marc Jacobs and Gisela Pulido won the freestyle double elimination at the PKRA Dakhla Kiteboard World Cup. In strong winds reaching more than 30 knots, the double elimination kicked off at 11 am with riders using 6 and 7m kites.

Holding off Alex Neto in his first heat of the day, Jacobs moved on to defeat Christophe Tack in the final. Although Tack landed a solid S-Mobe and Crow Mobe 5 amongst others, he was one trick shy of the five tricks upon which the overall score is calculated. Jacobs landed more tricks including a textbook Front Blind Mobe and Blind Judge 5 giving him the win. 

Tack’s first place win in the singles meant that he needed to be beaten twice to be knocked off the top spot. In a masterful display of powerful freestyle kiteboarding, Jacobs did just that, beating out Tack and winning the super final by 4.07 points. 

This is Jacobs second top podium spot, having won the PKRA event last year in Germany. When asked about his win, Marc just smiled and said “I’m a happy little dolphin!”

Notable climbs up the ladder came from both Youri Zoon and Carlos Mario.  Zoon rode well early on but later became less consistent in his landings. Neto finally put an end to Zoon’s push with his high scoring Crow Mobe 5 continuing on to beat Hadlow as well.

The women’s ladder was equally impressive. Gisela Pulido maintained her position from yesterday by beating out Bruna Kajiya. Finishing fourth in yesterday’s single, Kajiya worked her way up to take out Anabel Van Westrop and Karolina Winkowska. Despite solid riding in her earlier heats, Katjya struggled in the strong wind of the final to lose to Pulido’s impressive high scoring Hinterberger Mobe and Slim Chance.

After two incredible days of competition in the ideal setting of Dakhla Lagoon, riders are celebrating the end of a truly epic event. With night sessions on the new cable park at the Dakhla Attitude Camp, tonight is a night for enjoying the spoils of a wonderful week in Dakhla. 

Tomorrow riders and organizers will meet at 3:30 pm at the Dakhla Attitude Camp for the official closing ceremony. For additional information, log on to www.prokitetour.com.  Be sure to stay tuned to the Facebook and Twitter feeds for start times, updates, and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

Read original article: PKRA News:Jacobs and Pulido Crowned Dakhla Champs in Strong Winds

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