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.

 

A picturesque scene was the setting for the second day here in Paros, Greece. The sun was shinning, the people were smiling, and everyone shared in on the energetic atmosphere surrounding the beach today. Beautiful people indulged in the 25° degree Celsius sunshine as they strolled along the shoreline watching the competitions. The wind was consistently blowing between 17 and 21 knots throughout the day and white caps danced on the ocean’s surface as the racers made there way to the start line.


Race director, Olaf Van Tol announced at the rider’s meeting this morning at 11:00 am that his crew set a more interesting and longer course today, in hopes of testing the rider’s performance, skill and endurance.

It was an unpredictable yet amusing day for French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha). Sroka commenced the first race of the day on his 13m kite, making his run a successful one. However, he decided to fine tune things for the second race and switched to an 11m due to the increasing wind conditions. It proved to be a wise decision as his race time increased by 30 seconds than the previous race. The final race of the day was extremely amusing as Sroka rushes back to the shore because he absentmindedly forgot to put on his jersey. He managed to get back out on the water just in time, but started in last place. German female competitor Kristin Boese, (BEST) took advantage of Sroka’s mistake and eventually took the lead in the first half of the course. Sroka must have had some sort of rocket strapped to the back of his board because he ended up finish yet again in the number one position. German rider Dirk Hanel (North) finished yet again in second place followed by fellow North rider Pierre Romain (FRA).

Romanian rider Vlad Postelnicu (North) shares a “first” with the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA). The PKRA has never had a Romanian competitor compete at a world event, making 16-year-old Postelnicu the first ever. Postelnicu first started kiting at the age of twelve in his native country and did most of his training there as well. He is proudly supported and encouraged by his parents. In a brief conversation with Postelnicu, he mentioned that he did not have a kite sponsor. Extreme Elements asked him why he chose to fly North kites and his response was, “I have tried many different brands of kites, and North was the only brand I felt comfortable with”- Postelnicu. Postelnicu had an awesome run for his first time competing in a world-class event, finishing in the 5th position during the first race of the day.

After the first two races of the day, near 1:00 pm there was a brief lunch break followed soon after by the local freestyle competition. The wind slowly diminished during this time so the competition was postponed until tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow’s mandatory meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am with the first possible start at 10:30am.

Men’s Results:

1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha)
2. Dirk Hanel (GER, North)
3. Pierre Romain (FRA, North)

Women’s Results:

1. Kristin Boese (GER, Best)
2. Felicia Constandopoulou (GRE, Best)
3. Maria Kampa (GRE, Naish)

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   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

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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