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.

 

Registration for the 13th year of the PKRA Fuerteventura Kiteboarding World Cup was held today as riders descended on the event site at Playa Sotavento.  As the longest running event in the tour’s history, the event has seen the evolution of the sport from the earliest days of kiteboarding to today’s modern competition styles and format. 

In total, 46 competitors representing 18 nationalities will do battle over the coming days in the disciplines of freestyle and slalom.  The best riders in the world will put it all on the line to earn their share of the more than $60,000 up for grabs.

The unique and scenic destination of Fuerteventura, Spain, in the Canary Islands, is famous for its strong side offshore wind that is funneled across the lunar landscape. It is known to provide some of the most exciting conditions of any stop on the tour calendar, with wind often exceeding 30-40 knots, making for some challenging freestyle conditions and spectacular slalom action.

This fourth freestyle stop of the 2014 tour stands out as an important event for the top men and women.   Current men’s point leader Christophe Tack is looking to secure his run at the world title with a strong finish here. Other top riders including Marc Jacobs, Alex Neto, Aaron Hadlow and Liam Whaley have been training hard and hope to put a stop to Tack’s title crusade.  Karolina Winkowska is eager to retake the lead spot from Gisela Pulido, yet a hungry pack of up and comers are proving the ladies showdown equally as exciting.  

The forecast for the week looks to be classic Fuerteventura conditions. Tomorrow will see the start of the men’s freestyle trials with a rider’s meeting at 11 am and a first possible start at 12 pm. The live stream is scheduled to begin with slalom on Sunday and the start of the single elimination freestyle on Monday. Stay posted to Facebook and Twitter feeds for start times, updates, and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour.



 

Read original article: PKRA News:Registration Day - 2014 Fuerteventura Grand Slam

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