Welcome to the International Kiteboarding Associationnow live

 

 

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 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.

 

We were really pleased to host The British Kitesurf Association with the team from ISAF for kitesurfing lessons.
A report by www.2xs.co.uk


ISAF, based in Southampton, are the International Sailing Federation (the FIFA of sailing world) who have taken on Kitesurfing as the extreme end of sailing and looking worldwide to organise world class events and possibly add kitesurfing as a class in the Olmypics. This is a big deal for kitesurfing as a sport and we were very pleased they chose X-train and West Wittering as a location.

Kitesurfing originally became a class of ISAF in order to claim the sailing world speed record in 2008. This record was then increased again by Rob Douglas in 2010 (56.65 knots) Since Kitesurfing took the outright world speed sailing record in 2008, kitesurfing became a class of ISAF to claim the record.This record was increased again by Rob Douglas


We had a cracking team on hand for the coaching, including Kirsten Borse (4 times world kitesurfing champion), Ellie and Myles from Easy Riders in Poole and James Crowe from X-Train West Wittering.


Richard Gowers, the chairman of the BKSA was also on had not help. He commented “It’s great to see the ISAF team trying kitesurfing – we want them to understand the kitesurf experience and enjoy it!”


Tamsin, Q, Al, Dan and Clive were put through their paces with an initial power-kite session in the field at West Wittering beach and then straight out into the shallow, tidal lagoon for some body dragging sessions. The wind was light – about 10 to 15 knots and there was plenty of flat water. The conditions gave every chance of progress to board skills, edging and getting up for the first time to get the real kitesurfing experience.


The second day was not so windy. Everyone had a SUP session in the morning, followed by a second kitesurfing session in the afternoon.


Thanks to X-Train and West Wittering Windsurf Club for hosting the event.
















   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 Alex Caizergues  France  
female Steph Bridge   United-Kindom     female Anais Mai Desjardin  France     female Kirstyn O'Brien  United-States     female Jingle Chen  China     female Hannah Whiteley  United-Kindom  

   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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