Welcome to the International Kiteboarding Association

 

Our Vision

To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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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.

 

With the submission deadline for the 2011 ISAF midyear meeting in St. Petersburg approaching fast, here is a short roundup why every proposed slate for the 10 sailing medals should include kiteboarding:

  1. Kiteboarding is still the fastest growing water sport
  2. Kiteboarding adds a crowd pleaser to the Olymic sailing competition as ski-cross and snowboard-cross did for the winter Olympics
  3. Kiteboarding is the most diverse piece of equipment to "traditional" sailing one can think of, perfectly fitting the IOC requirement that sailing should showcase its full diversity
  4. Kiteboarding is exercised in almost all countries of the world with access to sailable water, with national fleet sizes rapidly growing
  5. Kiteboarding turns the beach into a stadium for the shorts-and-shirts audience, establishing a completely new target group beside the coat-and-tie yachtsmen in the harbors. The main audience for kiteboarding is the 15-45 year old "generation facebook"
  6. Kiteboarding reaches the general interest media, with more than 600 million TV spectators and more than 400 hours boradcasted world wide from major events.
  7. The new class rules include a strict box rule, limiting equipment to series production boards and kites only which minimizes the influence of the equipment on the result of the racing
  8. Due to the vertical lift created by the kite, kiteboard races can be conducted for a wide range of body weights and dimension while still providing equal opportunities for competitors from all over the world
  9. A complete ready-to-sail kiteboarding kit costs approximately 2500 Euro - that is less than half the price of a ready-to-sail Laser - making kiteboarding one of the most affordable pieces of Olympic equipment and thus offering perfect opportunities especially for small and emerging nations to be able to participate in the Olympic sailing competition
  10. The kiteboarding industry is able and willing to support Olympic campaigners with equipment sponsorships, further reducing campaign costs. Some of the biggest sailing manufacturers like North, Neil Pryde and Startboard are behind the kiteboarding brands

With only 10 medal slots available for the 2016 Olympic Games some creative thinking is needed to get kiteboarding into the Games, and we invite everybody (especially MNAs willing to make submissions) to discuss the various options to achieve this goal and add fantastic opportunities to ISAFs portfolio for the Olympic sailing competiton.


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