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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.

 

On Day three of the Junior’s Freestyle World Championships, the thermal winds picked up in the afternoon and allowed for the completion of the single elimination. Immediately following, the double elimination round got underway, running another round of finals for the under 13 girls and under 12 boys, and the girl’s 13-16 category was run to completion. Vera Klabbers (NL) took the top position in the girl’s age category 14-16 and earned the first world title of the event.

Kicking off the clinic portion of the event today, riders joined a workshop with the PKRA media team, which covered a wide range of topics including interview and photo/video shoot skills, exposure and sponsorship strategies, as well as social media leveraging.

Part of the experience gave the excited juniors the opportunity to practice their interview skills on camera at the beach for both the national Spanish TV as well as for the PKRA video crew. 

Following a lunch break, the breeze filled in from the southeast providing steady side onshore winds allowing the use of 7m-13m kites. At 3:00, heats got underway with the boys age category 14-16 being the first to hit the water. Krzysiek Issel won the loser’s final and beat out Guy Bridge in a tough heat. Although Bridge landed some impressive tricks including a S1 and S-Mobe, Issel’s overall execution made the difference combined with a powerful Back Mobe and S1 to earn the win. 

In the winner’s final, 2013 Junior Freestyle World Champion Noe Font, put together a very impressive heat, landing 7 out of his 12 trick attempts, against Denis Zurik. The heat was close right up to the very end when Font stomped a Back Mobe and 2xS1 in the last minutes to give him the advantage. Zurik landed a Hinterberger Mobe and S-Mobe 5 but Font took the win.

The boy’s age category 12-14 loser’s final saw Christian Tio advancing over Javier Jimenez. Pulling a nice Back Mobe and 315, Tio demonstrated good power and kite position, which put him on top for the win. 2013 Freestyle Junior World Champion Tom Bridge’s aggressive style helped him win against Alec Mur Peris. Although Mur Peris rode with good consistency in the semi-finals, he seemed to struggle in the finals and Bridge came out by a large margin.

In the girl’s division, the double elimination for the age category 13-16 saw Greta Monardo working her way up the ladder by demonstrating good power and speed in her tricks. Monardo lacked the consistency needed to advance past Lea Ademi in the semi-finals, who nailed a nice Blind Judge to win the heat. 

In the finals, the battle for the world title went down as both girls were clearly giving it their all. In the end, Klabbers demonstrated that she was deserving of the title by riding with power and speed, landing a S-Bend to Blind, Back-to-Wrap, and a Blind Judge, securing the world title and giving us our first Junior Freestyle World Champion of the event.  Congratulations to Vera Klabbers (NL) for earning the world title with her powerful repertoire of tricks. 

Tomorrows forecast is calling for thermal winds beginning early. The double elimination is set for a first possible start at 10:30 am following a 10:00 am meeting.

Special thanks to our industry partners that contributed support for this event: Airush, Best, Fone, North, and Ozone and Slingshot. Stay posted to Facebook and Twitter feeds for start times, updates, and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour.

 

 

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