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.

 

From 22nd until 27th of June 2010, the SEAT Kitesurf World Cup will host the Kitesurf Tour Europe as well as the European Kite Racing Championships and offer live GPS tracking for the first time in kiteboarding ever.

“It is a pleasure to support the professional racings of the SEAT Kitesurf World Cup with our profession to geotarget and track people”, Heiko Thoelmann CEO of Presentec GmbH explains.


About this sensational approach in kiteboarding. The buyos and top 10 rider in the racing fleet will be tracked via Sunsim water-proof mobile phones and displayed to a giant LCD screen at the beach. Vodafone SIM cards will ensure that also speed and other interesting infromations will be available on www.kitesurf-worldcup.com for the spectator.

The IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) will feature the broadcast. Rider and kiteboarding addicteds can follow the “fourious four” in the racings:

Leading Danish Bjoern Rune Jensen (42 years), Dutch Rolf Van der Vlugt (29 years and Dutch speed record holder with over 47 knots) and German Dirk Hanel (35 years) are giving current World Ranking leader Bruno Sroka from France a hard time to win the European Championship in kite racing while this Kitesurf Tour Europe stop.

The Kitesurf Tour Europe will determine the best European Kiteboarder in the thrilling discipline of freestyle. Each individual event will also offer kiteboard racing with ranking points counting towards the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) world ranking.

For 2010 the series is hosted by the famous Surf Cup Podersdorf (Austria), the KBO (Netehrlands), SEAT Kitesurf World Cup (Germany), Engardin Wind in Switzerland and a final event Poland while the famous FAMA festival. The KTE will distribute a total Price Money of more than 60.000€. For more informations please visit www.kitesurftour.eu

The sanctioning body IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body for any kind of sailing activities including kitebording. Its responsibility, amongst others, is to manage the global administration of the sport and combining world events into one united ranking

Brand Guides is an agency based in Hamburg/Germany and is specialized in lifestyle and extreme sports. In 2002 Brand Guides esteblished the German Championship series, the Kitesurf Trophy (www.kitesurf-trophy.de) which is held with 39 events since 2002. The Kitesurf WorldCup Westerland 2009 was the first ever IKA sanctioned WorldCup event.

High res pictures will be available on our database www.brandguides.net .For rough cuts and footage please contact us.

   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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