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 seventh and final day of the PKRA/IKA Freestyle Junior World Championships came to an end today. The final rounds of the double elimination were run and the two world champions in the remaining age divisions were crowned.

Awaking to the sound of crashing surf on the beach, riders gathered before a 10 am clinic. Overnight, the swells had built and over head-high waves were breaking more than 100 meters off the beach. Riders were amping on the thought of finishing the event in such exciting conditions. 

Today’s workshop session was on the topic of judging. PKRA judging staff explained the scoring criteria and the fine points of adapting your riding with the judging criteria to maximize your scores. Eager faces watched a prepared video and the juniors took a shot at judging the tricks themselves.

Following the clinic, the wind had built to contestable levels. The riders quickly prepared their gear and hit the water.  In side-onshore wind averaging around 18 knots, the contest resumed for the day.

Alternating between age groups, we saw some exciting action go down in every heat. Waves and the incoming tide created nice flat-water sections between sets and allowed the riders to land their moves powered. The current also played a big factor, as we saw numerous changes in kite sizes during the heats, and some riders struggling to ride upwind. 

Just before the last heat of the day, a thunderstorm moved in dropping heavy rain. Loud cracks of thunder and lightening made for a dramatic finale to an eventful day. It was apparent that the wind would not soon return, and the event was called. The final result from the single elimination would stand for the last final.

Highlights from the boys 12-14 saw Maxime Chabloz making his way up the ladder and advancing two spots. Christian Tio managed to move up a spot from his finish in the single, until Tom Bridge put a stop to his climb, taking the title of world champion. 

In the boys 14-16, the top four remained in their spots from the singles. Andrea Vicani made a valiant effort winning three heats, advancing the most spots for the day, before finally falling to Guy Bridge. 

The award ceremony took place at the Camping La Ballena Alegre stage. The world champions were awarded their trophies and prizes were awarded by raffle. The higher your placing in in the event, the more chances you had to win, putting an interesting twist into the raffle.



The enthusiasm, talent, and promise shown buy the juniors this years  PKRA/IKA Junior World Freestyle Championships was inspiring. The PKRA hopes that this event will continue to grow and increase youth participation in the sport. All juniors were awarded a personalized diploma certifying their completion and participation in the event. 

Special thanks to our industry partners Airush, BestFoneNorthOzone and Slingshot for their generous support of this event.



Boys Under 12 years old: 1st Mahmoud (EG), 2nd Mir (ES) and 3rd Peiro (ES).



Boys 12-14 years old: 1st Bridge (ES), 2nd Tio (NO) and 3rd Mur Peirs (ES).



Boy’s 14-16 years old: 1st Font (ES), 2nd Zurik (PL) and 3rd Issel (PL).



Girls Under 13 years old: 1st Leon (ES), 2nd Font (ES) and 3rd Reding (ES).



Girls 13-16 years old: 1st Klabbers (NL), 2nd Ademi (FR) and 3rd Monardo (IT).

Congratulations to our 2014 Junior Freestyle World Champions!

2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Boy’s age category Under 12) - Karim Mahmoud (EG)

2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Boy’s age category 12-14) - Tom Bridge (UK)

2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Boy’s age category 14-16) - Noe Font (ES)

2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Girl’s age category Under 13) - Claudia Leon (ES)

2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Girl’s age category 13-16) - Vera Klabbers (NL)

 

BOYS UNDER 12 FINAL RESULTS

Girls under 13 final results

 

 

Read original article: PKRA News:Final Day of the PKRA/IKA Junior World\s

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Formula Kite (Foil)

 

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TT:R Slalom

 

Speed

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female Stephanie Bridge   United-Kindom      female Elena Kalinina  Russia      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

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Park

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female Estefania Rosa  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Karolina Winkowska  Poland   

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