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 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.

 

It is less than four weeks to go until the European kiteboarding elite will gather at the beautiful beach of St. Gilles Croix de Vie to crown the European champions in freestyle and tour champions in course racing. From October 26th to November 01st, more than 30.000 spectators are expected to come to the small village at the Atlantic coast for holidays - the perfect environment to choose the winners!
73 Riders pre-registered for KTE France
The pre-registration for the KTE France ended yesterday and 73 riders from 14 countries already signed up for the final tour stop. Until now, 35 riders will compete in the men freestyle division, 15 in women freestyle, 24 in course racing men and 7 in the women's course racing fleet with more to come registering at the event site. Most of the top-riders on the tour have guaranteed their participation including local French rider Seb Garat, German freestyle leader Mario Rodwald, the fastest European Julien Kerneur from France as well as Asia Litwin (freestyle women) and Katja Roose, quickest European woman.

Event infos KTE France online
All infos around the Kitesurf Tour Europe in St. Gilles Croix de Vie from October 26th to November 01st can be found here. It includes general information about the beautiful village of St. Gilles Croix de Vie, the kitesurf spot as well as wind and weather conditions. Moreover, you can get rich insights of how to travel to the event and where to stay best. Finally, a preliminary schedule presents the most important side events and competition timetable - interesting both for competitors and spectators.

Countdown to KTE France on Facebook
In order to present the KTE riders in more detail, we are currently running the "Countdown to KTE France" on our KTE Facebook site. We already presented UK top-rider Ned Taylor, German young-gun Florian Gruber as well as Italian Erik Volpe, Norwegian Yannecke Stav and Portuguese freestyle champion Paulino Pereira. This week, we got an interview with UK rider Luke Whiteside, who admires Liverpool football player Steven Gerrard, would like to share a room with Audrina Patridge during the Kitesurf Tour Europe and would change life with Richard Branson to fly around the world...

So, stay tuned on the KTE riders with more to come in the following days and weeks!


   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   

Latest Pictures

Latest Riders Action on Instagram