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.

 

Day seven from the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup played out as anticipated with warm temps, sunny skies, and no wind. In spite of no promise for contestable conditions, riders were kept on hold throughout most of the day.  Passing the time visiting with fellow competitors, swimming, and lounging in the bustling event village, riders relaxed and mentally prepared for the next day’s competition, as the wind prediction was seemingly eminent. 

Already, the weekend crowds had begun to arrive and the beach and village were packed with people. On the main stage in the village, different brands presented their latest gear, much by the design teams themselves, giving a unique opportunity to ask questions about the products to their creators. Pro-riders were on-hand in their sponsor’s booths, engaging with the public and signing autographs for the throngs of enthusiastic fans.  

There are only two days remaining to complete the competition. Four heats of the trials are yet to be run, and as such, the day will start early in hopes to finish the trials, single eliminations, and complete as much of the double elimination as possible. Rain is expected in the morning as well, which will likely play a factor in the wind strength and consistency.  With the anticipation of tomorrow’s promising wind forecast, riders took advantage of the down time to prepare themselves for a long day of competition ahead. 

“Long days can be really tough, especially when it is raining and windy because you are in your wetsuit all day and outside in the wind. It is definitely a factor that you want to prepare for.” commented competitor Forest Bakker.  “Tomorrow should be good as long as the rain doesn’t last too long. My heat was abandoned two times already in light winds yesterday, and tomorrow they are calling for up to thirty knots so it is going to be a big change.” he added.

Tomorrow riders will meet at 8:30 am with a first possible start at 9 am. The wind is expected to be 20-30 knots. The live stream will start with the main event, which should begin around 10 am.  Our friends in Germany can watch the live on our Ustream channel.  Viewers from most other countries can watch on the live.prokitetour.com   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 7- Riders Prepare for Action in Germany

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Formula Kite (Foil)

 

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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   

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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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