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".

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.

 

Here is some clarification and Q&A about issues related to using production or custom equipment in course racing this year, and what is happening next year.

The IKA class AGM decided last year that course racing equipment shall be regulated by a so called" box rule". As it was already late in the year, the changes approved will apply from 01.01.2012.

To test the "box rule" and give manufacturers ample time to produce, test and register their production boards it was decided that a full world ranking for production boards shall be introduced already in 2011. However all competitions are open for production and custom boards ("open division"), and all official titles are also available to the "open division".

Q&A

  • Q: If I want to become world champion, do I need a production board ?
    A: No. In 2011, the world championship (as well as the continental and all other championships) are open to any equipment. You can bring as many boards and as many kites of any size that you want to the competition and race on it. This also applies to the tours (PKRA, KTE, KTA).
    From 2012 on, there is only one division for course racing, and everybody must race on registered production equipment (boards and kites, see below)
  • Q: What is a production board ?
    A: A production board is a board that has been registered with the IKA and fits into the new box rule. This means it must not exceed certain measurements, and it needs to be built in a series production process (which means that all boards are exactly the same sizes) of at least 50 pieces per model
  • Q: What do I have to do to be scored in the "production division"
    A: You will find in the notice of race for each regatta if there is a separate production scoring. If you are going for that, you will be asked during registration (on the venue, not on the internet) to complete an "equipment registration form". In this form you state the one production board you want to use and three kites that you want to use.
  • Q: What about kites in 2011 ?
    A: In the 2011 season you may use every kite you want, but if you are in for the production ranking you may only use a maximum of three kites. So register your sizes wise... If you expect only low wind and register only big kites and the wind picks up, you might have to fight...
  • Q: What about kites in 2012 ?
    A: From 2012 on all kites used in racing events need to be series production and registered with IKA. This shall ensure that everybody has the same chances to win by going in a local shop and buy competitive equipment. Not only team riders with prototypes shall have a chance to win.
  • Q: How do I know that a board or a kite is production and registered ?
    A: The IKA maintaines a list of all registered production equipment with the dates when it becomes eligible to race. You can find this list on the front page of the IKA website.

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

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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