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 International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.

Interestingly, two out of the six events (ski half pipe) are "new generation" events, attractive to the ever growing number of "generation facebook" athletes and spectators, which the IOC is very interested to attract.

Even more interesting is, that 50 % of the newly added events are team or relay events, just as the IKA has proposed as a possible format for board sports in case there are only two sailing medals available for both kiteboarders and windsurfers.

The Biathlon mixed relay forms national teams including both genders, the Luge team relay even includes a male, a female and a double seater, which are started though a gate mechanism once hte first starter reaches the finish. Something that shouldn't be too hard to implement for boats and boards as well.

The key positive factors for adding new events and thus granting additional medals included whether the changes would increase universality, gender equity and youth appeal, and, in general, add value to the Games. Other considerations included the cost of infrastructure, and the impact on the overall quota and the number of events.

Once again kiteboarding is ticking all boxes here:

  1. Kiteboarding increases universality by making sailing affordable to developing and emerging nations through low equipment and infrastructure costs. Kiteboarding would be - together with windsurfing - the cheapest of all current Olympic Classes, and it is surely the easiest to travel with. The complete equipment fits in the back of a standard car and can be taken on any plane as standard luggage, greatly reducing travel and thus campaign expenses.
  2. Kiteboarding increases gender equity, as it would be run as a matched event or in a team/relay event with both male and female competitors
  3. Kiteboarding has the greatest youth appeal of all current Olympic classes, looking at the Facebook and Alexa statistics. Plus it is a crowd pleaser and media attractive.
  4. Kiteboarding is the most diverse sailing event and offers a perfect cross over between high performance, fun and extreme sport and thus adds unique value to the Olympic Games.
  5. Kiteboarding reduces cost of infrastructure - no harbors, no moorings needed, just get of from any beach. Even storage is not necessary as competitors could take their equipment to their hotel room. Total weight: app. 10 kg.
  6. Kiteboarding would not necessarily increase the athlete quota: if the Games are seen as the final of the Olympic Quadrennium for all Olympic sailing classes and the necessary participation levels can be shown in the qualifying events, then there is no need to increase the total number of athletes. This also strengthens the position of the sailing world cup and the sailing world championships.

We encourage ISAF to request another set of medals from the IOC to allow both board sports, kiteboarding as well as windsurfing, to be represented in the Olympic Games.


   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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