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".

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 born between 2000 and 2003.

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 third day of the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup carried on today with no wind and a relaxed sense of anticipation due to all forecasts predicting a light wind day. Although a slight breeze presented itself in the morning and steadily faded as the afternoon hours passed. With the sun peeking through a shallow layer of clouds overhead, the North Sea slowed to a calm and the riders were released at 5pm.

In lieu of competition, some competitors spent time meeting fans and signing autographs in their sponsor’s booths. However, most spent their free time hanging out, speculating on the week’s forecast, and soaking in the warm weather while meandering throughout the village and taking advantage of all that it has to offer. To refer to the event site as a “village” is not an overstatement on any level. It encompasses a huge area and is touted as the largest temporary beach venue anywhere in the world. With relaxing hang out areas, food and drink abundant, and a plethora of beach activities throughout the village, competitors and spectators alike took the day in stride, making the most of the day.

Remarking on the no-wind activities, German freestyle and slalom competitor Florian Gruber commented, “The event village is really big, so there is still so much to do. You can see what the other brands are doing and check out all the new gear. Also, there is a lot of out-of-industry sponsors, as well as TV and media present here, so it is good to take advantage of that when there is no competition.”

“The large scale of this event is second to none and it continues to grow each year. I think the big events are good for everyone, the riders get to show off their sponsors and promote them in front of such a big audience, it is win-win on all sides” continued Gruber. With the world’s best freestyle and slalom competitors present, and a world-class venue to showcase it all, mother-nature is the only variable remaining in the equation. 

The forecast for the coming days is improving. Tomorrow we will see a chance of lighter winds in the afternoon hours and the return to stronger winds later in the week. Hopes are high for slalom and trials actioin to resume. Riders will meet at 10:30 am for a first possible start at 11 am.  For updates on broadcast start times and announcements regarding the 2014 PKRA Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup, stay tuned in to the PKRA Facebook page and Twitter Feed.

Read original article: PKRA News:Day 3 - Beach Day in St Peter-Ording

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