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.

 

The final day of the Paros World Cup 2009 organized and led by Lefteris Maniadakis closed to a perfect day despite the light winds. Weather conditions were warm and sunny with temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius.

The mandatory riders meeting got underway at 10:00 am as race director, Olaf Van Tol stated that he would postpone the scheduled events due to the nearly non-existent wind in hopes that the updated forecast would change.

Racers, organizers as well as a few locals decided to make the best of the last hours here in beautiful Paros, Greece. What better way to cool off than to take a dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea. A few sportive individuals went for wakeboarding sessions as well as some off-road fun.

Event organizer Lefteris Maniadakis announced at 2:00 pm that the wind forecast would not increase therefore the competition has sadly come to an end.

The awards ceremony was held on the beach at 2:30 pm. Spectators watched as organizers and supporters presented the awards to all the winners.

A total of 11 races were held during the 5-day event. German rider Kristin Boese (Best) is taking home the championship trophy for the women’s division. Greek first time racer Felicia Constandopoulou (Best) proudly walks away in second place followed by Maria Tampa (Naish, GRC) in third.

As expected, French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha) steels the show for the men’s division, winning all 11 races followed by German rider Dirk Hanel in second place. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) made a lot of progress throughout the competition managing to take third place in this event.

The National Greek Freestyle competition was a great success. Local rider Mike Chatzilliadis (Flexifoil, GRC) managed to take first place, Iannis Tamvakis (Airush, GRC) take second place followed by George Argiriadis (Flexifoil, GRC) in third.

The first place winner for the women’s freestyle competition went to Maria Kampa (Naish, GRC), Afroditi Balasica (Best, GRC) takes home second place followed by second place women’s racing winner Felicia Constandopoulou (Best, GRC).

A special thank you to all the event organizers who made this competition such a great success.

Paros World Cup 2009 was sponsored in part by PPF Services, Blu Café, Greece Tourism, Paros Kite as well as x-dream.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Race Results (Final):

Men:
1. Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA)
2. Dirk Hanel (North, GER)
3. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)

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

   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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