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.

 

PKRA Germany Day 1The best kiteboard riders in the world are in Germany once again for the 4th Tour stop of the 2009 PKRA World Tour. For the fourth straight year, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) is holding the competition at St. Peter-Ording - the largest beach of all PKRA Tour stops. A total of 60 men and women are participating in this event which will run until August 2 for a chance at over 50,000 Euros in prize money.

Dubbed as the “Best Organized Kiteboarding Event in the World,” the Germany event kicked off day one with the trial elimination round of the men’s division. Cloudy skies with brief rain showers prevailed during the day. The temperature was at a bearable 18° Celsius with the winds increasing at a steady pace averaging approximately 15 knots.

Day One got underway with a 9:30 am riders meeting at the beach. The 10:00 am start was delayed by about an hour due to some technical problems so a second announcement was made by Race Director Olaf Van Tol at 10:45 am declaring an 11:30 am start. There were a total of 49 men registered so 33 battled it out in the trials. Most of the riders were on their 9 to 11-meter kites

Kiteforum.com’s founder Toby Bräuer was at the scene all day for some ultimate board-off performance to the delight of the crowd. The spectators at the beach began to gather in numbers as the day wore on to cheer for their favorite riders and see who would win a spot in the highly anticipated Singles Freestyle competition.

Around 1:00 pm, the weather took a turn for the worse. Overcast skies with sections of cumulonimbus clouds hovered along the beach forming a line of severe thunderstorm with strong winds and rain soaking the competition area. An hour later, the announcer declared that due to the extremely high tides and strong onshore winds, the event site would be flooded and all vehicles parked at the designated parking areas would have to be moved as quickly as possible to avoid having a severely salt water-drenched vehicle.

At 2:20 pm, another announcement was made advising everyone that the Singles Freestyle competition is postponed for the day after the men’s trials due to the extremely high coastal tides which reached its peak at 4:30 pm.

There were mostly new Dutch and German riders in the trials which made it slightly difficult for the judges to cope with identifying who’s on the water and made sure they were judging the right competitor. Nevertheless, all went very well and each rider in the heats was identified properly and everyone was judged correctly.

While not everyone could execute them, it was apparent that riders had to be able to perform not just regular or sent handle passes, but powered handle passes to qualify for the main event. Some of the common tricks saw from the riders were blind judge, 313, blind judge with aerial handle pass, slim, mobe, kite loops, krypts, raley to blind, back to blind air pass, kiteloop with aerial handle pass and sent handle passes.

All qualifiers performed a very high level of riding but there were plenty of crashes along the way because of the onshore and gusty winds. Compared to the pre-qualified competitors who can perform and land up to 20 moves in a 7-minute heat, the qualifiers were able to do about half of that. A reminder of just how good the twelve pre-qualified riders are in different conditions.

It was also obvious that experience played a major role in today’s events, especially in positioning during the heat. In the onshore winds and sandbars on the inside, the more experienced riders started as far upwind as possible to keep out of the shallows and upwind away from the beach and shore break. On the other hand, the less-experienced or underpowered drifted close to the beach, limiting the area where they can land their tricks. They also had to fight upwind each tack before a trick which limited the variety of moves they could perform. Riders starting and staying upwind had plenty of free space to perform their moves than be kiting on the same line as their competitor and tangling or running into traffic at the bottom of the competition box near the shore.

Overall, the event went smoothly with not too many mishaps other than a couple of disqualifications due to line entanglements. During heat #12, Monty Scholz, (Naish, GER) was disqualified due to a line entanglement with another competitor. Unfortunately, he was leading the heat before the mishap. In Heat #15, Erik Volpe (Slingshot, ITA) was also disqualified due to another line entanglement with one of his opponents. In the following heat, Stephan Brenner (Catapult, AUT) lost after breaking his leash while Tom Schüller (North, GER) crashed his kite hard onshore in heat #17. Fortunately for him, a kind and eager spectator ran out into the cold North Sea to help him re-launch his kite.

The day concluded at 3:30 pm while tomorrow’s mandatory riders’ meeting is set to take place at 10:00 am with a first possible start at 10:30 am.

   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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