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.

 

The town of San Carlos de Bariloche welcomed competitors from all over the world today as the highly anticipated PKRA tour stop finally made its debut after months of preparation and organization.

Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Bariloche is a small enchanting town surrounded by hills, woods and mountaintops covered with snow. The crystal clear water lake, soaring mountains and stunning glaciers are enough to mesmerize anyone who visits this place.

Racers as well as Freestylers spent most of the day taking advantage of the beautiful weather and picturesque views while anticipating the wind. The weather forecast was a bit unpredictable today, however at 4:00pm the wind began to pick up in strength and racers prepared for what would be a 4:30pm start. Freestyles were released for the day and a total of two races have been completed.

A few racers struggled with the frigid 8°C water temperature and were not able to finish the first race of the day, however that did not stop Californian sunny boy John Heineken (Ozone, USA) who finished with a huge lead in both races today. In a brief interview with Heineken he stated that the choppy water, and overall conditions made him feel “just like home” and effortlessly gained a lengthy distance from the other competitors who seemed to be struggling more so than Heineken. French rider Olivier Dansin (North, FRA) managed to take second place in the first race of the day while Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) came in third. In the second race of the day, Kerneur finished in second place while Dansin followed closely behind in third.

Local Argentine and PKRA legend, Martin Vari (Vari Kites, ARG) struggled in the first race of the day. Vari stated; “I crashed then accidentally cut a large whole in my wetsuit with one of my fins, I had to drag myself back to shore”. Vari managed to finish nicely in 6th place in the second race of the day. It was just a little warm up for what is to come in the following days here in Bariloche as the forecast is looking brilliant.

In the women’s division, French rider Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) was no stranger to the cold water finishing first in both races today. Brazilian rider Nayara Licarinoo (North, BRA) finished second in both races followed by Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) who came in third in the first race of the day while Melissa Gil (Cabrinha, CRC) finished in fourth. In the second race of the day, Gil overtook Schibevaag earning her third place in the second race while Schibevaag struggled to finish in fourth place.

Tomorrow’s mandatory skippers meeting is scheduled for 10:00am with a first possible start for Freestyle at 10:30am and Racing at 11:00am.

The Kitesurf World Cup Bariloche 2010 is made possible and supported in part by the Tourism of Argentina and Red Bull.

For complete results please visit: www.prokitetour.com

   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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