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.

 

To allow competitors a better preparation for the upcoming course racing world championships to be held in Sylt, Germany from June 28 (registration day: 27th) till July 3rd, the race committee publishes the courses intended to be used as well as the general race management policies.

Whenever conditions permit, one of the following three courses will be run (with variations depending on wind direction). The normal wind direction is straight onshore.

Windward Leeward


Leeward Gate

Trapezoid

The basic race management principles are as follows:

  1. The maximum number of races is 20.
  2. If conditions permit, races will not be sailed back to back to allow competitors to change and tune equipment between races.
  3. Races will not be started in less than 6 knots average (taken from a drifting boat) or in excess of 25 knots average. Once a race has started and winds exceed 25 knots the race will continue unless there is danger for life.
  4. All starts will be Black Flag starts under Rule 30.3
  5. OCS boards will not be notified.
  6. Courses will not be shortened.
  7. The target time for the first finisher is 15 minutes
  8. The finish time limit is 10 minutes after the first finisher. Finish time limits will be taken separately for men (open) and women (open)

If winds exceed 25 knots or the daily schedule for racing has been competed, the Race Committee may run Kitecross races pen for all competitors (of the course racing world championships as well as participants of the KTE Freestyle event taking place at the same time.).

The course for the Kitecross races will be a downwind slalom without obstacles and without mandatory tricks to be performed.

slalom

Registration for the course racing world championship is open until May 27 at http://www.kitesurf-worldcup.com/registration/

Registration for the additional Kitecross discipline is available on registration day (Monday, June 27 late afternoon).



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