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.

 

A challenging four days of competition, two with cross onshore, two with cross-offshore winds and a sneaky no wind day to party and kick back neatly slotted in the middle. At the end of it all it was one happy crowd of kiters that left Cesme from the stunning bay that houses 7800 who played host to the first round of the KTA 10/11 Asia Tour, with the support of Audi A1.


As our winners collected their prizes is was nice to hear from them that they appreciated the professionalism and confidence of the race team to take on the final days with the offshore wind conditions and give them the full finish to both the freestyle and course race competitions. So a big vote of respect to Stephan Hertig and his team who saw things through smoothly with the on water support from our guest race director from the IKA Markus Schwendtner.

The event in the end returned full freestyle double eliminators and nine course races, after opening with a killer Kiteloop competition and then closing out with a final Hangtime season. Even the no wind day was not all sit and chill as you can check out on the photo and video reports of the day, notice when you do the tidy skills of the riders as they wake style it out across the 7800 floating pontoon in the inspired and popular grab a bottle of beer competition. An off the cuff event that sums up the KTA approach to the whole competition malarkey, know when to be serious and compete at full power, but know when its time to have some fun and realise how lucky we are to be in these amazing spots thanks to this amazing sport. Our competition winners we of course salute for all their skill and effort, but for the KTA it is as equally import that the rider’s in the second half of the fleet also get a kick out of the competition and event wherever they finish and keep coming back again for more.


To those important overall results then

Freestyle Men

1. Mallory De La Villamarque
2. Tanner Aykurt
3. Luke Whiteside

Freestyle Women

1. Hannah Whiteley
2. Arzu Taylan
3. Kathrin Bogwardt

Course Race Men (overall)

1. Yener Aykurt
2. Tanner Aykurt
3. Sezer Ince

Course Race Women (overall)

1. Kathrin Bogwardt
2. Merve Ceylan
3. Arzu Taylan

Course Race Men (TT class)

1. Sezer Ince
2. Erkin Sunal
3. Serdar Kradeniz

Course Race Women (TT class)

1. Nesli Kocakiran
2. Maria Simila
3. Damla Pakize Guokmen

Kiteloop

Robin Snuggs – Men

Merve Ceylan – Women

Hangtime

Ozgar Ceylan – Men

Arzu Yaylan – Women


As well as great start to the tour in terms of results and days of competition, the winners of the first round have enjoyed their share of the biggest prize package the KTA has been able to offer to date, with cash prize purse of US$10,000 courtesy of Audi A1 and a further supporting US$10,000 of equipment from the tour’s title brand sponsor Cabrinha.

So a fantastic start all round and bigger things planned for the coming years here in Turkey, so watch this space as they say and lookout for the first of Frenchies video teasers to tie up this year. Next stop Hainan Island in China and we look forward to seeing you all there as the KTA moves on from the first point in Asia to the heartland of region.

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom      male Maxime Nocher  Monaco      male Atte Kappel  Sweden      male Victor Bachichet  France      male Rob Douglas  United-States  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Anais Mai Desjardin  France     female Kirstyn O'Brien  United-States     female Jingle Chen  China     female Angely Bouillot  France  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Airton Cozzolino  Italy                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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