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".

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 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 an update on what rules will apply for any equipment used in Course Racing Competition.

The main idea is to make competition fair, which requires that every competitor can go in a shop and buy competitive equipment from the shelf. So, no more custom made boards or prototype kites. All equipment needs to be registered by the manufacturers and can then be found on a list on the IKA website. Only when the equipment is listed on this list it is allowed to be raced in international competitions.

National Associations may make different arrangements and allow older custom mades or non-registered equipment for an interim period to grow kiteboard racing locally, but for international competition these are the rules:

Every competitor has to register his equipment at the registration day of the event, chosing one board and a certain number of kites for the competition. There is currently a discussion about the number of kites allowed, varying between 3 kites (as at the moment in the production division) and an unlimited number. Realistcly, it will be something in between and will be announced as soon as possible.

Once this equipment is registered, it must be used throughout the whole competition, so it is important to make a wise decision when chosing especially the kite sizes.

Boards have to be on the production equipment list, with a maximum size of 190x70 cm, fins shall not be longer than 50 cm. We will also publish a FAQ in the next days which will clarify what competitors may change on their equipment and what they cant change.

Kites must be also production and registered on the equipment list, it looks like there will be no maximum size anymore as this seems to be not needed anymore. But again - no prototypes. The FAQ mentioned above will also clraify questions about custom bars, lines etc.

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Formula Kite (Foil)

 

KiteFoil Open

 

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   

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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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