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.

 

It turned out to be well worth the long drive to Squamish for kiteboarder Johnny Heineken.

The San Francisco native took home first place and a $1300 cash prize for placing first in the 2011 Canadian National Open and said he enjoyed his debut in Squamish.

A report by squamishchief.com

"It was awesome," he said, of the event which concluded on Sunday (Aug. 7). "The breeze was consistent all weekend and it was windy the whole time. It's a really good venue that you guys have out here and there was tons of top guys racing so it's nice to win."

Heineken won the Kiteboarding World Championships in Germany on July 3 and was one of several top names to attend this year's local race. He said he was convinced to compete after talking to local racers Stefano Rista and Kyle Touhey.

"We were told this place was good from Kyle and Stefano and it's always nice to race in a new place," he said. "The locals really took good care of us and it was a fun weekend."

He said that the course racing scene is growing and that Squamish could really put themselves on the map with this event.

"When we go back home, anyone who doesn't know about Squamish will know now," he said.

Heineken wasn't the only member of his family that walked away a winner, as his sister Erika Heineken took home first place in the Women's Open division. Both Heineken's said they hope to be back for next year's race.

Second place in the men's division went to Adam Koch of Seattle, followed by Bryan Lake from San Francisco. Fourth place went to the top Canadian, Adam Vance while fifth place was local racer Stefano Rista.

The runners up in the women's division was another family connection, as Alexis and Kaila Aguera from Hawaii finished second and third respectively.

The Canadian Championships were also determined from the same races, as Vance took home the men's award, followed by Rista and Colin Ernst. Jessica Sikinger from Ontario won the women's division.

Ernst, who competed and helped organized the event, praised the work of volunteers and competitors prior to the awards ceremony on Sunday.

"This weekend was full of what I would call epic racing," he said. "I want to thank the international competitors who came here on our trust that it was good racing out here and, of course, all of our great volunteers. This event is going to grow and get bigger and I think today really helps us gain significance of what this event is."

Men's and women's open racers competed in nine races in total, with four taking place on Saturday (Aug. 6) and five taking place on Sunday. The event also had a freestyle and slalom event on Friday (Aug. 5).

Squamish's J.M. Tremblay picked up the win for freestyle, while Alexis Aguera picked up the win for the women. Lane Mullard of Squamish won first place in the men's slalom, followed by Alex Aguera and Kevin Bono. For the women, Kaila Aguera finished first, with Ontario's Jessica Sikinger in second and the Okanagan's Rainbow Monds in third.

For more information and full results, visit www.squamishwindsports.com.

   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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