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".

The future governance of the world tour / world championships is currently under discussion between World Sailing, IKA, and the Kiteboarding Industry.

 
 

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.

 
The final racing event of Kite-Racing Brasil 2009 organized by the Gest Group led by Eduardo Piloni closed to a perfect day. Perfect weather dominated the whole scene and strong windy conditions started off earlier in the morning. Wind speed maxed at 26 knots onshore so the whole day saw the conclusion of the Freestyle double eliminations before lunchtime and the course racing in the afternoon.

The mandatory riders meeting for the race event happened at 1:00 pm and the first race hit the waters half an hour later. Two exciting races were completed even though the PKRA crew had a hard time maintaining the anchors which were drifting in the strong current but managed to pull-off a good show nevertheless.

“It was tough to get the races started again like yesterday but we managed to do it under like 16 to 26 knots of wind. We planned two more races for the day and we managed to do that. The last day was nice, a lot of people on the beach and the races were not too long compared to yesterday,” said Olaf Van Tol, PKRA race director.

Today’s course mimicked the very challenging setup done on day two but a shorter one. Each racer had to battle their way out into the open waters through the waves to get to the weather mark, back to the second buoy before sailing full speed to the third mark and finishing off near the beach. The average time for the first person to complete each race was 12 minutes.

The second race started at 2:05 pm and the whole racing event wrapped up at 2:30 pm after which an awards ceremony was held on the beach.

As expected, Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) ripped his way through the course, dominating both races to win the championship title. He is followed by Brazilian star Pedro Montenegro (Best Kiteboarding) who only finished 4th and 6th in the two races respectively. In third place overall is Victor Adamo (Naish), another Brazilian racing champion with 38 total points, followed by Sebastien Salermo (Gin, FRA) with 42 points. Local rider Wilson Velozo (Naish) wraps up the top five finishers overall.

After a total of 14 races in 5 days, the womens’ standings remained unchanged with Nayara Licariao (Best, BRA) taking home the championship trophy in the women’s event with 7.7 points overall. She is followed by Carol Homsi (Best, BRA) in 2nd place with a total of 22.7 points and Wanessa Cruz (Naish, BRA) in third place.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Race Results (Final):

Men:
1. Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA)
2. Pedro Montenegro (Best, BRA)
3. Victor Adamo (Naish, BRA)

Women:
1. Nayara Licariao (Best, BRA)
2. Carol Homsi (Best, BRA)
3. Wanessa Cruz (Naish, BRA)

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