The Sport

Advocacy and the Olympic Games

Advocacy and the Olympic Campaign

Recent developments within World Sailing have led to a review of the previous Olympic Strategy for Kiteboarding.

After the November Meeting 2016, World Sailing has confirmed the slate of events and equipment for the 2020 Olympic Games to be the same as in Rio 2016. However, there is an opportunity for kiteboarding to be present in Tokyo 2020 as showcase event, and campaign for full inclusion in 2024.

Three key areas for this opporuntity have been named: Youth Appeal, Universality, and Gender Equality.

A working party including the top riders currently develops a new strategy for format, courses, scoring and equipment.

The IKA is pursuing a strategy which advocates for Tokyo 2020 to include racing on foiling kiteboards, in smaller groups of riders and a target time to the current medal races.

For the Youth Olympic Games, the equipment chosen is IKA TwinTip:Racing (and for the first time ever, equipment will be "bring your own", and the format will be downwind slalom with or without obstacles depending on the wind strength.


Youth Olympic Games:

  • Qualification System Published in August 2016 - see here
  • It is intended to hold combined qualification events for Asia/Oceania, the Americas, and Africa/Europe. The events will be published as soon as possible.
  • Equipment Limitations Published in December 2016 - see here

Olympic Games:

  • Review of events and equipment by World Sailing in November 2017 and May 2018
  • Equipment Criteria selection in November 2018
  • Selection of class in May 2019


   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite


KiteFoil Open


TT:R Open


TT:R Youth



male Denis Taradin  Russia      male Maxime Nocher  France      male Florian Gruber  Germany      male Benoit Gomez  France      male Alex Caizergues  France  
female Daniela Moroz  United-States     female Elena Kalinina  Russia     female Sofia Tomasoni  Italy     female Sofia Tomasoni  Italy     female Mani Browning  United-States  

   Top Rankings Expression



Big Air


Wave / Strapless



male Carlos Mario  Brazil                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Airton Cozzolino  Italy      male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Bruna Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Jalou Langeree  Netherlands      female Annelous Lammerts  Netherlands   

   Top Rankings SnowKite

Racing Ski


Racing Snowboard


Long Distance Ski


Long Distance Snowboard

male Felix Kersten  Germany                   male Reinhold Gehrer  Austria                  male Felix Kersten  Germany      male Reinhold Gehrer  Austria   
female Maria Stellitano  Italy       female Aija Ambrasa  Latvia      female Maria Stellitano  Italy      female Aija Ambrasa  Latvia