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.

 

Today’s weather conditions were a lot more tamed then the past couple of days. The wind averaged approximately 20-25 knots throughout the day under cloudless, sunny blue skies. Race director Erik Troostheide announced this morning at the skippers meeting that the conditions were perfect to finish the freestyle double eliminations prior to wrapping up the wave competition, which will resume in El Cabezo at 2:00pm.

In the men’s freestyle double elimination division Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) was certainly on fire defeating Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM) as well as Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) in two consecutive heats. Yates pulled off some really intense tricks such as landing a front mobe to blind in the last seconds of his heat against Garat. Corniel crashed while performing a blind judge, landing hard on his weak knee that he injured in Fuerteventura, Spain last week. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) put an end to Yates’ winning streak in the final round earning him the freestyle double elimination title.

In the women’s division, Angela Peral (North, ESP) defeated Spanish rider Laura Fernandez (Cabrinha, ESP) but was later eliminated by Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR). Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) eliminated Schibevaag as well as Kristin Boese (Best, GER) in the semi final leading her to the final against Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). Pulido defeated Grzelinska earning her the freestyle double elimination title.

The wave conditions have certainly been world-class the past couple of days. In the men’s wave discipline, it was a spectacular day for Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA). Brandao defeated Abel Lago (RRD, ESP) as well as Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA) due to his overall better wave selection, style and power earning him a place in the final heat against Sky Solbach (North, USA). Solbach eliminated Spanish rider Rafael Aguado (North, ESP) in the quarterfinal. Aguado crashed and was unable to re-launch his kite. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) had an easy win over Ewaw Hill from Scotland. Hill dropped his kite, drifted to shore and was unable to re-launch his kite. Hebert lost in the losers final against Bordorsky. The conditions in El Cabezo can be a little difficult, one mistake and that could be the end of a heat. Brandao defeated Solbach in the final earning him first place in the wave event, while Solbach takes second, Bordorsky follows in third while Hebert takes fourth.

In the women’s wave division, Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) eliminates Angela Peral (North, ESP) in the first women’s heat of the day but is later defeated by Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). Grzelinska moves to the losers final against Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) who eliminated French rider Penelope Pessin in the third round. Spanish rider Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP) defeated Schibevaag leading her to the final against Pulido. Pulido finishes first in the wave event while Garcia takes second. Grzelinska takes third while Schibevaag follows in fourth.

An award ceremony was held at the Plaza where numerous spectators, crew, riders and honorable guests attended marking the end of a very successful event with great results.

The El Medano Kiteboarding World Cup is supported in part by: Volumen Canarias, Turismo Granadilla De Abona Turismo De Tenerife, Ilustre Ayuntamiento De Granadilla De Abona, Coca Cola, Red Bull, Cruzcampo, Hotel Aeropuerto Sur, Hotel Mare Nostrum Resort, ASEC El Medano, Club De Kitesurf Borde De Ataque, PKRA, IKA, ISAF.

FREESTYLE DOUBLE ELMINATION RESULTS

MEN

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)

3. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA)

4. Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL)

3. Kristin Boese (Best, GER)

4. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

WAVE RESULTS

MEN

1. Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA)

2. Sky Solbach (North, USA)

3. Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA)

4. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP)

3. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

4. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL)

COMPLETE DETAILED RESULTS

   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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