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.

 

Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.
Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Regatta Organising Committee explains, 'ISAF is promoting kite boarding and it could be an Olympic demonstration event as soon as 2016 in Brazil.'

'The Committee decided that it is likely to become an Olympic class at some point and the discipline is attracting a younger generation of sailors. We thought it was important for the Phuket King’s Cup to be a leader and bring kite boarding into this event as there are opportunities for our lighter weight Asian sailors in that class.'

Fifteen knots of wind greeted the Kiteboard Class today as the boarders took to the water off Karon Beach for their first day of racing at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Low winds meant the fleet had stayed ashore for the previous two days but on Day Three of the Regatta, the morning winds arrived on cue and Race Management set a startline approximately two kilometres offshore and lay a windward/leeward course.

Following a brief AP (the postponement flag), the boarders went into sequence. As the start horn sounded participants bore down on the line, accelerated and crossed the line at 15 plus knots.

The long startline saw most boarders choose the pin and made for a close and exciting start. Olivier Dansin (France) stretched away and won Race One – the inaugural race in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Kiteboard Class – followed by two-time Asian champion Narapichit Pudla (Thailand) in second, and Phasakorn Phaetraksa (Thailand) in third.

Race Officer Phil Mandeau, set a shorter course for Race Two and got the boarders away quickly. Olivier continued his winning ways and made it two wins from two with Thai star Narapichit staking his claim putting in a good performance to take second from Alexander Salih (Turkey) in third.

With 15 knot winds gusting to 20 plus, the conditions were testing for all. An impressive site indeed – the first time in Asia a Kiteboard Class has been part of a multi-class sailing regatta.

When powered up, the kite boarders are deceiving, appearing to glide elegantly over the sea, yet when tracked on the course as the media boat reached 25 knots, the kite boarder was still catching.

For full results of the Kiteboard Class and other classes in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, visit http://www.kingscup.com/index.cfm?ntid=1223.

by King's Cup Event Media

Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.

Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Regatta Organising Committee explains, 'ISAF is promoting kite boarding and it could be an Olympic demonstration event as soon as 2016 in Brazil.'

'The Committee decided that it is likely to become an Olympic class at some point and the discipline is attracting a younger generation of sailors. We thought it was important for the Phuket King’s Cup to be a leader and bring kite boarding into this event as there are opportunities for our lighter weight Asian sailors in that class.'

Fifteen knots of wind greeted the Kiteboard Class today as the boarders took to the water off Karon Beach for their first day of racing at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Low winds meant the fleet had stayed ashore for the previous two days but on Day Three of the Regatta, the morning winds arrived on cue and Race Management set a startline approximately two kilometres offshore and lay a windward/leeward course.

Following a brief AP (the postponement flag), the boarders went into sequence. As the start horn sounded participants bore down on the line, accelerated and crossed the line at 15 plus knots.

The long startline saw most boarders choose the pin and made for a close and exciting start. Olivier Dansin (France) stretched away and won Race One – the inaugural race in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Kiteboard Class – followed by two-time Asian champion Narapichit Pudla (Thailand) in second, and Phasakorn Phaetraksa (Thailand) in third.

Race Officer Phil Mandeau, set a shorter course for Race Two and got the boarders away quickly. Olivier continued his winning ways and made it two wins from two with Thai star Narapichit staking his claim putting in a good performance to take second from Alexander Salih (Turkey) in third.

With 15 knot winds gusting to 20 plus, the conditions were testing for all. An impressive site indeed – the first time in Asia a Kiteboard Class has been part of a multi-class sailing regatta.

When powered up, the kite boarders are deceiving, appearing to glide elegantly over the sea, yet when tracked on the course as the media boat reached 25 knots, the kite boarder was still catching.

For full results of the Kiteboard Class and other classes in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, visit http://www.kingscup.com/index.cfm?ntid=1223.


Day 3 Afternoon TV Report - with Kiteboarding



by King's Cup Event Media

   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   

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