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Feb 08, 2016

GKA statement on tours and events 2016

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) welcomes the principles published in the statement of the GKA from 6 February 2016. IKA has been working hard with the GKA over…
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Feb 07, 2016

Riders hotel information for the first KWC round in El Gouna

IKA and our local event parner, Travel Trails Tours, are happy to announce the official riders hotel in El Gouna for the first round of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World…

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Heineken named 2012 US Sailing Yachtman of the year

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Johnny Heineken, US Sailings Yachtsman of the yearJohnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.), age 24, has been named the 2012 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for his dominating performances in competitive kiteboarding, including the Kiteboarding Course Racing World Championship in Cagliari, Italy, where he topped 148 competitors to claim the world title for a second consecutive year.

Heineken also proved his racing prowess by besting 45 competitors in the Kiteboarding North American Course Racing Championship in San Francisco and 34 competitors at the Pacific Pilsner Canadian Kiteboard Course Racing Nationals in Squamish, Canada. He set a new course record (14 minutes, 4 seconds) in the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race in San Francisco among 58 entrants and rounded out his record by posting victories at PKRA Mexico (20 competitors), PKRA Burn Kiteboarding World Tour (16 competitors) and Copa Mexico Regatta (13 competitors). He finished second at La Ventana Classic (20 competitors) and took third at both the PKRA Beetle Kitesurf World Cup (31 competitors) and PKRA Gold Games Kitesurf (30 competitors).

The selection panel was especially impressed by the fact that Heineken’s racing took him to venues across the globe – including Germany, France and Turkey—where his fellow kiteboarding competitors were considered the world’s best. They also made note that kiteboarding (also referred to as kitesurfing—an athletic surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing and surfing and using a large controllable kite to harness the power of the wind) had come into its own as a significant sailing genre. One panelist pointed out that the term “yachtsman,” despite its allusion to the most traditional aspects of sailing, easily befits a sailor with Heineken’s talents and devotion to growing the sport.

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New Course Racing Equipment Eligibility 2013

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As announced, the IKA executive committee has discussed with the Industry to bring the eligibility date for the newly registered course racing equipment one week forward to allow the new equipment to be used already at the upcoming African Championships.

The equipment lists have been updated accordingly. All new registered equipment will be eligible from 23.03.2013.

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