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".

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 born between 2000 and 2003.

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.

 

Kiteboarding has a huge range of competition formats on offer, but not all of them are suitable for the Olympic sailing competition. Lets have a look on what creates the buzz for media and spectators while complying with the reality of Olympic sailing venues...

From the current five major disciplines - freestyle, waveriding, speed, course racing and kite cross - only two do make sense for the Olympic sailing regatta. Freestyle and wave riding unfortunately do not fit in the wind range the venues usually have to offer (and waves are even harder to find), and the IOC is not too keen to add more events which are judged on subjective criteria.

Speed competitions would work in any given windspeed and would be attractive due to the possibility to achieve Olympic records, however in the usual wind conditions it would not be very spectacular. This discipline unfolds its fascination from 35 knots windspeed onwards, although board speeds in excess of 30 knots can already achieved in 10-15 knots true wind. So- this discipline will be surely under review in an upcoming evaluation process.

This leaves us with course racing and kite cross as most likely formats. Both of them fit the wind range of 5 to 25 knots very well and can perform easily in excess of those, which means no abandoned races due to too much wind anymore. Lets go into detail:

Windward LeewardKite Course Racing is run exactly as any other sailing competition in the world, as a fleet race run under the Racing Rules of Sailing, protests on the water, turn or scoring penalties, protest hearings in front of international juries etc. Everything quite similar to standard dinghy racing, except that kiteboards are already fully planning in 5 knots of wind and thus are spectacular to watch already in the lightest wind conditions. A true implementation of "Citius, altius, fortius" !

The other racing discipline under review is Kite Cross. In contrary to Course Racing, Kite Cross is run in K.O. elimination series, with heats of usually 4 competitors sailing a downwind slalom course and only the top two advancing. The course might have mandatory jumps over obstacles depending on venue and wind conditions. This format is pretty similar to the successfull snowboard-cross and ski-cross formats from the last Winter Olympics, a true crowd pleaser.
The wind strength needed for Kite Cross is even lower than for Course Racing, as competitors usually do not have to go upwind. Another big advantage of this competition format is that the gold medal is decided in the final heat of the competition - Gold, Silver, Bronce, Sorry.

Both competition formats are able to greatly reduce the time frame of the Olympic sailing competition. Kiteboard racing - be it Course RacingSlalomcourse or Kite Cross - takes place close to the beach directly in front of the spectators, and courses are rather short. A typical course race with an one nautical mile upwind leg takes app. 15 minutes for the finisher, allowing for up to eight races per day. Three competition days plus medal race are way enough to determine the Olympic Gold medalist.
Kite Cross is even able to be broadcasted live - heat times are usually around 3 minutes to complete the four to seven buoy downwind slalom course, and competition is run in rounds - from qualification over quarter final, semi final up to the finals. This creates completely new opportunities for live broadcasting and media presence.

Which of the formats will be chosen ? This is all up to the evaluation process if kiteboarding is chosen as a possible event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The equipment choice is subordinate at the moment as the first task of the evaluation commission will be to determine a format that suits boards - be it kiteboards or windsurfers.

What ever the outcome will be - the addition of kiteboarding would tick all boxes of what the IOC demands from ISAF and would greatly add value to the Olympic Games.

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom      male Maxime Nocher  Monaco      male Atte Kappel  Sweden      male Victor Bachichet  France      male Rob Douglas  United-States  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Anais Mai Desjardin  France     female Kirstyn O'Brien  United-States     female Jingle Chen  China     female Angely Bouillot  France  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Airton Cozzolino  Italy                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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