Sunday, 20 December 2020 16:42

Gran Canaria proved to be the premium location for European December sailing once again today, with a perfect 16-20 knot breeze pumping through for the final day of racing. Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) secured the overall win in the open division, with Ellie Aldridge (GBR) taking out the Womens title and Arthur Lhez (FRA) crowned the Under 19 Champion. 

Guy Bridge (GBR) led the pack early in the first race of the day but Maxime Nocher (FRA) managed to overtake by the first downwind mark and sailed a higher course on the following upwind, with Theo de Ramecourt sailing a lower, faster course, managing to overtake by the first tack. The lead was extended by the second downwind, with Theo taking a comfortable win in the first race of today over Maxime, with Martin Dolenc (CRO) completing the podium. 

Saturday, 19 December 2020 19:41

With a slightly cloudy morning, there were a few worried faces around the rigging area, but the confident words from the locals proved correct, with the clouds blowing away and a perfect 16-20 knot gradient breeze blowing through, with the orange flag being displayed at 1105 local time. 

The benchmark in this regatta so far has been Theo de Ramecourt (FRA), whose base strategy has been to focus on his own performance rather than worrying about other riders. Minimising mistakes has certainly proved a good strategy in this regatta, although luck is somewhat involved; with seaweed on the race course, which gets picked up by the riders’ hydrofoils, causes not only drag, but can also cause crash-inducing ventilation, and when the competitors are riding at speeds between 20 and 40 knots, one mistake can cost hundreds of meters.

Friday, 18 December 2020 20:01

 “Today is perfect,” commented Markus Schwendtner, Class Manager of the IKA, as the riders launched their 11m kites into the warm trade winds as they head out for a day of epic racing here at the stunning location of Playa de las Burras in Gran Canaria, Spain. Winds were between 18-23 knots from the same direction as yesterday, the reliable gradient breeze blowing in from the North East.

The first race of the day, Race 4 overall, got underway at 1153 with a clear start, all on starboard. At the top mark, it was Maxime Nocher (FRA) who was in the lead, followed by two Flysurfer kites, Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) and Guy Bridge (GBR). On the downwind, the delta between first and second was slashed, with Theo following Maxime around the right hand-bottom mark close enough to see the hairs raised on the back of Maxime’s neck as the riders all headed back towards the beach, which was lined with spectators.

Thursday, 17 December 2020 17:17

Today was certainly filled with excitement here at the final event of the kiteboarding calendar, with the action starting even before the first warning signal, the strong winds combined with a launching area in the lee of the peninsula causing a stressful environment as riders struggled to launch and get out to the clear winds. This caused a slight delay in the start, with the first race getting away with a clear start 20 mins behind schedule, at 1120 local time.

A delayed start, however, is still better than no start, and all competitors are thrilled to have the opportunity to race at all. The global pandemic has been the focus of the world's attention all year now, but in times like these, continuing to have and hold sporting events is more critical than ever.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 22:16

Ending the most difficult year of international sports on a high, all signs are pointing to an amazing event coming up here in the Canary Islands over the coming days. COVID-19 has made it very difficult for the global community, and international competition has not been exempt. Huge efforts have been made by event organisers, local and federal governments, class organisers and competitors, demonstrating a huge display of co-operative strength and community in order to continue to run events in these difficult times.

Compounding on the achievement of simply being able to run an event, this particular competition represents a number of great milestones, as Markus Schwendtner, Class Manager of the IKA said in the opening press conference this morning; “This will be the first event since the International Olympic Committee formally announced that kiteboarding will be included in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

Friday, 20 November 2020 14:05

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the IKA KiteFoil Class will be held on 19 December 2020 in MAspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain via Cisco Webex videoconferencing. The conference will be livestreamed to the IKA KiteFoil Class facebook page.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Location: Online via Cisco Webex
Starting time: 18:00 UTC

Saturday, 24 October 2020 08:17

This is to give notice that the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the IKA KiteFoil Class will be held on 19 December 2020, either in person during the planned 2020 KiteFoil Open European Championships and/or via Cisco Webex videoconferencing. The conference will be livestreamed to the KiteFoil Class facebook page.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Location: Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain AND/OR online via Cisco Webex (to be confirmed with the final agenda by 21 November 2020 latest)
Starting time: 18:00 UTC

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:12

IKA regrets to confirm the cancellation of the 2020 KiteFoil World Series due to COVID-19.

Despite all effords and the committment of our event organizers, the development of the worldwide  pandemic makes it impossible to organize a safe and fair World Series in 2020.

China has announced over the weekend the cancellation of all international competitions (except the 2022 Winter Olympic Games test event). This includes Golf, Tennis, Formula 1, and also the IKA events planned later in the season. We are sure that all our venues in China will be back strong next year.

The Traunsee event in September will go ahead on European level, with details to be announced shortly.

If international travel can commence, Sardinia will see back to back events of individual and team relay World Championships of the Formula Kite class.

Earlier today, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar will be postponed to 2026. No further information is availble at this time.

Friday, 15 May 2020 17:32

The team at the International Kiteboarding Association remains in regular contact with all our event organizers to continuosly evaluate the situation of the 2020 championship events.

Although we are starting to see the first signs of restrictions on normal daily activities being relaxed, both the legal situation to hold events (with or without spectators) and the international travel situation remain difficult.

This update covers event updatesclass rule changes, and advise for getting back on the water safely.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:33

We all find ourselves in exceptional circumstances globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we truly hope this message finds you well wherever in the world you are at the moment.

The team at the International Kiteboarding Association continues to work diligently, despite these difficult circumstances.

There are a couple of areas which are affected by the continued spread of the virus, for which we want to give you an update to provide planning safety - as far as this is currently possible. 

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