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.

 

2012 will see a slight change in the World Championship Titles and associated world rankings to reflect the development of the disciplines in 2011.

The focus will be on four major disciplines – Freestyle, Course Racing, Slalom and Wave. These disciplines have world and continental championships as well as full world ranking systems. Any other disciplines – like speed, big air etc, may hold world and continental championships, but due to the low number of events will not have full world rankings in place.


The true champions in any disciplines are the world champions, while the world ranking gives an up-to-date overview about the performance of each rider in the past 12 months and may be used for seeding and qualification purposes.

FREESTYLE
The freestyle world champion will be solely crowned through the PKRA world tour, regardless of the number of events the PKRA may hold and count for their ranking. Whoever comes out on top of the PKRA rankings at the end of the year will be the undisputed freestyle world champion.
If events have limited entry to the main event, trials will be held during the competition to allocate open slots.
For the freestyle world ranking, every riders seven best events within the past 12 months, wherever they may be achieved (PKRA events, continental tours, national events), are used.

COURSE RACING
The course racing world champion will be decided during an one-off championship event, to be held in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in October 2012 (to be confirmed). The winner of this one event will be the 2012 world champion.
For the course racing world ranking, every riders five best events within the past 12 months, wherever they may be achieved (PKRA events, continental championships and tours, special events, national events), are used.

SLALOM
The slalom world champion will be decided during an one-off championship event, to be held in Cagliari (ITA) in July 2012 (to be confirmed). The winner of this one event will be the 2012 world champion.
If events have limited entry, the world ranking and nominations from the national kite associations will be used to determine entry slots.
For the slalom world ranking, every riders three best events within the past 12 months, wherever they may be achieved (PKRA events, continental championships and tours, special events, national events), are used.

WAVE RIDING
The wave world champion will be solely crowned through the KSP world tour, regardless of the number of events the KSP may hold and count for their ranking. Whoever comes out on top of the KSP rankings at the end of the year will be the undisputed wave world champion.
If events have limited entry, slots will be allocated through a separate qualification and selection system which will be published on the IKA website.
For the wave world ranking, every riders three best events within the past 12 months, wherever they may be achieved (KSP events, PKRA events, continental events, special events, national events), are used.




   Top Rankings Racing

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   

   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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