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.

 

At the time of posting this report we are still in the frustrating position of not knowing whether the boarders into Tajikistan will be closed preventing everyone from reaching Lake Karakul and the Roof of the World Regatta (ROTW). This threatened boarder closure is due to security fears for the regional governments conference being held in Dushanbe the Tajik capital over the same period as the regatta.

Talk about unlucky timing!

Regardless of this a crew of kiters will still be making their epic road trip to the region, right up to the Tajikstan boarder in the hope that they will let them in. If not though they will be kiting where and when they can on-route, taking in some other equally stunning lakes hopefully in the ‘Stans’ 

You can follow their adventures on the ROTW Road Trip event page http://goo.gl/cjKWRk

Kathrin Borgwardt and Stephan Hertig will be part of the road trip crew and hopefully will get the chance to roll out the odd impromptu KTA Kite Kids along the way if we unfortunately loose the chance to train with the kids at Karakul.

 

The rest of the KTA team sadly was due to fly in to join the event, we still have fingers crossed but sadly this might have to wait now for another year.

ROTW Map

 

 

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