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 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.

 
Welcome to the final day of the KPWT Santa Cruz Wave Masters 2009!

The wind arrived as promised and the double elimination started again at 13h30! The wind speed was up to 14 knots and the wave swell peaked at 1.5 meters, coming in at 6 waves per set.
The semi finals and finals were 15 minute heats and the judges took scores from their 3 best waves.

Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) was looking strong today and in excellent form. He progressed into the final to face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), after strong competition from Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) in the semi.

In the women’s heats, Ainhoa Garcia (SPA, AIRUSH) gave Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) a very hard time in the semi final, with a good selection of waves and strong riding. But in the end Kari progressed once again into the final to face Kirsty Jones for the Wave Masters title here at Santa Rita beach. Unfortunately the two finals could not be completed as the wind had dropped below KPWT standards and Jan Marcos and Kari will have to settle for second place.

Prize giving was held at the VIP tent, in front of the kayak pool and the many spectators that had come down to see their champions. Overall and much deserved men’s title went to Jesse Richman, who had stayed positive and relaxed throughout the entire competition.

The women’s champion, Kirsty Jones is proving hard to beat this year and looks very well placed after the first two events on the KPWT 2009 Wave Masters tour. Congratulations to all riders who competed and our two champions in Portugal!

A special thanks goes to Bruno Melo, Fernanda Mauricio, Marcelo Martins and all the Ocean Spirit team for our wonderful time here in Santa Cruz. This event has been outstandingly organized and hugely attended and we look forward to next year!

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite (Foil)

 

KiteFoil Open

 

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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