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.

 

Day five from the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup saw slalom as the main focus with ideal conditions that held throughout most of the day. In side-shore winds and flatter water than the day prior, riders used their biggest boards and kites as winds ranged from seven to twelve knots. In total, three complete rounds of slalom were run, creating some movement in the current overall results. 

A fleet of 40 competitors took part in the competition today and offered up quite a spectacle to the hoards of onlookers lining the beach. Onlookers were treated to a show as the inside buoys were placed right next to the shore. With a wide tidal range, the inside buoys were adjusted between rounds as the fluctuating tide and sand bar off the beach made tight lines around the marks crucial. Exciting displays of aggressive sailing were on hand throughout the day and dramatic drag races on the reaches between the marks proved to be the norm. 

After finishing a total of five races for the event, riders are allowed one discard.  In the men’s division, Brian Lake (US) was on fire and managed two bullets for the day. Out in front during race four, Lake crashed in the shallow water, costing him the win. Julien Kerneur (FR) was hungry after some frustrating races the day prior; however, he managed to climb up two spots and finish in second overall, after one discard which pushed Florian Gruber (DE) down to third place

In the women’s fleet, it was aggressive racing from the top women with Katja Roose (NL) and Annelous Lammerts (NL) maintaining their first and second positions respectively. Christine Boenniger had a solid day and managed to move up a spot, overtaking Bibiana Magaji (SK) to be seated in third-place.  Only 0.3 points separate these top three ladies and each of them remain hell-bent on taking home the first place win. 

The pressure is on for the slalom racers vying for the top positions as this talented fleet continues to show threats coming from the lower rungs. With four potential race days remaining in the event, and still, the main event freestyle competition yet to be run, each of the next rounds will weigh heavily for the overall results.

Conditions for tomorrow look favorable for more slalom in the morning. Riders will meet at 9 am for a meeting followed by a first possible start at 9:30.  For updates on broadcast start times for the main event freestyle 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:Slalom Racing Brings Big Action in Germany

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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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