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".

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 last and final day of the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup concluded today with the termination of the double elimination of the freestyle discipline in an exciting climax to end the event. In ideal conditions, fans and spectators were treated to undoubtedly some of the highest-level riding that has been seen in competition to date. Karolina Winkowska (PL) maintained her top spot claiming the win in a super final, and former world champion Aaron Harlow (GB) secured his win, taking his first podium spot since 2009.

“Yeah finally done it. I couldn’t get my hopes up yesterday; I just knew I was in a good position and luckily I was able to make it. Last year I just only got second and this year always on the edge of the podium, so to finally get that first place win half way through the season feels real good.  I’m just glad to get back up to this level now” commented Hadlow.

The day began early to take advantage of expected good wind in the morning and riders were prepared for another long day of competition. With offshore winds greeting the riders at the event site, it was quite a different scene than yesterday’s stormy and rainy conditions.  High clouds blanketed the sky and the increasing winds swung to the side-offshore direction, filling in to 15-22 knots.  As the wind strength built throughout the day, the conditions offered optimal flat water and waist-high kickers on which competitors were able to perform their biggest and best tricks. 

The most noteworthy and highest scoring heat of the day happened between Christophe Tack (BE) and Liam Whaley (ES). Seemingly going trick for trick, Tack landed and a monstrous Blind Judge 7, which put him in place for what seemed like an inevitable win. However, Whaley answered back, stomping an equally impressive Blind Judge 7 of his own to balance the difference, ultimately take the win, and earning the highest heat score of the event (38.93).

“I’m still kind of in shock.  My back started hurting through my first heat and it was killing me but the adrenaline of winning heats just kept the pain down, I’m so happy to win seven heats in a row and make it all the way to the final.  I didn’t ride my best in the final against Aaron, but I had the best heat of my life against Tack” commented Whaley.

A couple unfortunate heats of the day involved German national champion Mario Rodwald in his first heat, when on a landing, he came down hard injuring his knee and had to be taken to the hospital. Also, former world champion Youri Zoon had a similar incident landing on the back of a sizable wave and was ripped from his boots, injuring his ankle, forcing him back to the beach and foregoing the remainder of his heat.

In the women’s ladder, it was current points leader Gisela Pulido (ES) who was on fire and riding aggressively with strong conviction after many days of not riding. Regarding the high level of riding witnessed today, Bruna Kajiya remarked “Everyone was really hyped-up and I think that you could really see that on the water. The level here, I feel like it really stepped up this stop.”  In Pulido’s first final heat against Winkowska, she unleashed her expanding arsenal of tricks including a Slim Chance, Hinterberger Mobe, and Front Blind, amongst others. Winkowska did not give in and landed a Back Mobe, Slim 5, and S1, which put her in the running, but losing out by only .07 points. In the super final, it was Winkowska putting a solid heat together to allow her to secure the win over Pulido.

For the past nine days, St Peter-Ording has played host to the world’s best kiteboarding athletes in the discipline of freestyle and slalom. A beautiful beach and an amazing village anchored it all as a top-notch venue for a world-class event.  With the thousands of beach-goers and fans supporting and cheering for the competitors throughout the week, the energy surrounding the event was infectious, allowing riders to push their skills to new levels, and driving the sport of kiteboarding forward. At the awards ceremony, the top finishers took to the stage, holding their trophies high as they were celebrated for their skills and efforts. Following an amazing nine days, in conditions that varied from perfect sun to stormy rain, the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup officially came to a close.For updates and all the latest info on upcoming stops for the PKRA Tour, stay tuned in to the PKRA Facebook page and Twitter Feed.

Double Elimination Results Men Freestyle

1st Aaron Hadlow (UK)

2nd Liam Whaley (ES)

3rd Marc Jacobs (NZ)

4th Christophe Tack (BE)

 

Double Elimination Results Men Freestyle

1st Karolina Winkowska (PL)

2nd Gisele Pulido (ES)

3rd Bruno Kajiya (BR)

4th Annelous Lammerts (NL)

 

Slalom Results Men

1st Bryan Lake (US)

2nd Julian Kerneur (FR)

3rd Florian Gruber (DE)

4th Jannis Maus (DE)

 

Slalom Results Women

1st Katja Roose (NL)

2nd Annelous Lammerts (NL)

3rd Christine Boenniger (DE)

4th  Bibiana Magaji (SK)

 

Read original article: PKRA News:Big Wins at the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Nico Parlier  France      male Theo Lhostis  France      male Martin Dolenc  Croatia      male Tiger Tyson  Antigua-and-Barbuda      male Alex Caizergues  France  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Alexia Fancelli  France     female Jingle Chen  China     female Jingle Chen  China     female Hannah Whiteley  United-Kindom  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Airton Cozzolino  Italy      male Airton Cozzolino  Italy                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Moona White  United-States      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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