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 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.

 

KTA China will go ahead from November 25 till 29, 2010.

All registered riders will get free accommodation at this event, to ensure you get a free room we must receive your flight details at least 3 days before the event, we have a limited amount of rooms so first come first serve in this case.

Registration link

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS


Most nationalities require a visa to get into China, you must visit your nearest Chinese embassy in your own country prior to travel, normally it takes a week and costs around 50 USD, if you need it quickly you can get it in one day for double the price. A single entry tourist visa is fine for this trip.

There are some countries that require a letter of acceptance from the Competition to get this visa, please contact us directly if this is the case and the necessary documentation will be sent to you.

WIND - WEATHER - WATER


The Beach is a long private beach owned by the hotel and has onshore winds and flat water. The depth is chest deep for the first 100 meters, average wind speed in November would be 18 – 20 knots starting later in the morning and building throughout the afternoon.



GETTING HERE & HOTEL INFO

 

Hainan is an island so it involves one more flight once you get into China. There are 2 airports in Hainan, you must fly to Haikou Airport, from there it is around a one hour transfer to the hotel, there will be a free transfer service available for riders, please make sure to send your flight details at least 3 days before your arrival.

Via Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing (1 domestic flight 15kg baggage limit)

The easiest and cheapest route I found was going through Guangzhou (CAN) in China, most major airlines fly to this airport and then the connecting flight is only 50 minutes to Hainan, the airline to use is China Southern Airlines for this route, although we may have a deal with Hainan airways coming up to offer free baggage charges on the domestic flight it's not set in stone and their flights are more expensive
Please note the Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou on November 12- 27, seats may fill up soon and probably get more expensive.
Shanghai and Beijing also do daily flights to and from Hainan.


Via Hong Kong (no domestic flight, normal International baggage limit)

This is probably the easiest way but more expensive, although depending on how much kit your bringing it may work out cheaper avoiding the domestic flight baggage limit when going through Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing.

The flight time is approx 1Hour 20 Minutes.

   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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