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.

 

Munich. 2013 sees MINI partnering the Kitesurf Tour Europe once again and picking up from last year’s shared success. MINI began backing one of Europe’s fastest-growing trend sports in 2012, the world’s first car maker to do so.

The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 is the official European kitesurfing championship and a showcase for the most outstanding kitesurfers in the Freestyle and Racing disciplines. The competition comprises four stages, the first of which will be held from 30 May to 2 June 2013 in Almanarre Bay, one of France’s most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spots.“Individualism, sportiness and power are qualities shared by MINI and kitesurfers alike,” says Dr Kay Segler, Senior Vice President MINI Business Coordination and Brand Management, of the partnership. “Our sponsorship of the Kitesurf Tour Europe ideally complements our passionate commitment to young, creative sporting disciplines.”

 

Top speeds and heady heights on the North Sea and Mediterranean.

 

Four European surf spots provide the venues for the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013. Kick-off is from 30 May to 2 June 2013 in the Bay of Almanarre on the French peninsula of Giens, before Europe’s top kitesurfers measure up against each other on the German North Sea island of Sylt from 3 to 7 July 2013. The third stage (19-22 September) will be held on the beach at Hoek van Holland – Rotterdam’s city beach – where the extreme athletes will once again pit their waterborne skills. The final event takes place in the Spanish coastal resort of Castelldefels, southwest of Barcelona, from 9 to 13 October 2013.Thanks to its Europe-wide venues and international contestants, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 enjoys worldwide renown. Participants from more than 20 countries will join the tournament to compete for top placings and total prize money worth 40,000 euros.MINI will be setting up surfer lounges at all the competition venues and presenting the latest models from the MINI family, which will also be available for test drives.

For those interested in a dry kitesurfing run on terra firma, experts will be on hand in the MINI Kite Experience area to give them a first taste of this exhilarating trend sport.

 

Find out more about the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013 at:

www.kitesurftour.eu

 

In the event of enquiries please contact:

 

Corporate Communications

Nadja Horn,

MINI Design and Lifestyle Communication

Tel.: +49-89-382-57185,

Fax: +49-89-382-20626

 

Susanne Giuliani,

BMW Group Design and Lifestyle Communication

Tel.: +49-89-382-20961, 

Fax: +49-89-382-20626

Media Website: www.press.bmwgroup.de

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