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.

 

The ultimate day of the Kitesurf Tour Europe arrived and it was all to play for in the course racing division. With the Freestyle competition finished yesterday, all eyes turned to the top formula riders competing for the title.

The sea breeze was back today but not as strong as usual so the big kites were used. The star of the day was once again the 2013 European Champion from the UK, Oliver Bridge. With 3 bullets and a second he’d created a massive lead over Leccese and Gruber, topping the leaderboard. In the battle for places two and three Leccese (with two disappointing races) gave the opportunity to 2013 World Champion, Gruber to catch up. It was all decided in the final race and Leccese managed to score a second place finishing a mere half point in front of Gruber on the leaderboard. In the women’s fleet claiming the top spot was an easy task for Russian rider Elena Kalinina. She had the perfect score of 13 bullets leaving all of the other kiters far behind.

 

The Twin Tip riders saw some action today too with their races following on after the course racing event. A beautiful fiesta of kites were on show as everyone joined in and had lots of fun out on the water.

 

Later in the evening the closing ceremony was held for all of the divisions with the winners receiving their awards and prize money. It’s been a memorable championship with the variable conditions allowing for riders to demonstrate their skill and versatility which for some ultimately saw them take home the title.

 

Hang Loose Beach has proved once again that it is one of the top places for prestigious Kitesurfing events. This week has been a great success and no one was left disappointed. Thank you for watching and here’s to another great Kitesurf Tour Europe next year.

 

Video Day 4

 

 

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>>Pictures Day 4<<

Read original article: KTE News:Bridge and Kalinina grab the titles for Course racing on the final day of KTE Italy

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

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 Elena Kalinina  Russia      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Estefania Rosa  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Karolina Winkowska  Poland   

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