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.

 

Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting, held on 3rd of April, 2008 in Port St. Louis

The meeting opened at 11:00am.

Markus Schwendtner made a short introduction and gave a detailed report about the application to ISAF and the backgrounds to become an ISAF International Class, and which preparations have already been done.

Agenda Item 1: Constitution
Markus Schwendtner presented the Constitution for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), which was unanimously approved. The application to ISAF will be done by a steering group of five persons, which shall form the initial IKA board.

From the candidates the following were elected:
- Christian Conrad (GER), Chairman
- Markus Schwendtner (GER), Executive Secretary
- Katja Roose (NED)
- David Williams (GBR)
- Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA)

Agenda Item 2: Class Rules and Championship Rules
The Class Rules were unanimously approved by the meeting. A draft for the Championship Rules was presented by Markus Schwendtner. Basic Idea is to have a pyramidical structure, with national events as base, continentals as intermediate level and worlds as the top level events. There shall be also International Grand Prix and Grand Slam events possible, on nearly the same level as Continentals, covering the existing “world tours” by PKRA and KPWT. Every rider will have to qualify through this structure to go to the worlds. A world ranking will be composed of all results of every rider in the last twelve months, with different factors given to the different levels of events. The details shall be drafted as soon as possible and forwarded to the Management Board for approval.
Markus Schwendtner also presented a draft for an appendix to the RRS which covers the specific Kiteboarding issues. They will also be forwarded to the board for approval as soon as possible.

Markus Schwendtner thanked everyone and closed the meeting at 12:00 am


 

   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 Anais Mai Desjardin  France      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 Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  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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