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The IKA KiteFoil GoldCup debuts in Mexico

The IKA KiteFoil GoldCup debuts in Mexico

A brand new discipline emerges in kiting with a competitive tour all its own

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Erika Heineken Reigns World Champion in China

Erika Heineken Reigns World Champion in China

Brother, Johnny Heineken, takes second to a tenacious Florian Gruber

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IKA Announces Kiteboarding Class Changes

The IKA class meeting held last weekend in Rome has resulted in some important decisions for the 2013 season.

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IKA Proposes a Kiteboarding Formula Class for Olympics

IKA Proposes a Kiteboarding Formula Class for Olympics

IKA has released a press release today announcing that they have proposed a Formula Kite class for kiteboarding Olympic competition. This is a box rule meaning that any equipment that meets the IKA's guidelines can be used.

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It’s Official, Kiteboarding to be Included in the 2016 Olympics

It’s Official, Kiteboarding to be Included in the 2016 Olympics

Today the International Sailing Federation voted to include kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not only is kiteboarding in, but windsurfing is out as there are a limited number of medals that can be given to sailing sports.

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Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

After 12 races and 3 discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!

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July 1 Report from Chip Wasson at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Here in Sylt, July 1st came in with a bang in the kiteboard racing department at the 2011 World Championships. I don't know about the other riders out there but today offered up some of the most challenging racing conditions I have ever competed in! 6-8 foot breaking waves and swell that was all over the place accompanied a 30+ knot breeze. In these conditions the race committee could not even anchor their start boats which motored in place all day long always in fear of getting rolled.

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Day 3 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Day 3 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Yesterday we had 3 more races in really nasty conditions. A lot of the game was finding the weather mark which was a small yellow cone in head high chop. The first race I started conservatively on starboard near the pin (favored). Andy crushed the port tack start, crossing with about 10 other guys. From there I rounded behind Sky, Damo, and Julien, passing them all on the downwind leg.

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Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

The racers went out for three races in strong winds and 2-3 meter waves - not really easy conditions to handle with a race board. Nevertheless, the picture on the water did not change from yesterday. The US-team races in another league with only a few Europeans who can follow the speed of John Heineken, Andy Koch, and Sky Solbach.

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IKA Racing Worlds Day 2 Update

Around noon the wind started turning but also to completely die down, and it took another couple of hours until it came back up. Around 5 pm there were first signs of wind on the horizon, and suddenly at 5:30pm the wind switched on, turned to west, and had 17-20 knots in strength.

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Day 1 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Six of the top seven are Americans and almost all of the Mike's Lab boards are in the top 10...pretty cool. Today the wind was kind of backwards from normal. It started side-off and really puffy and the kite call was super hard to make because figuring out how windy it was out there was next to impossible.

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KSP TOUR – WILDCARD APPLICANTS LIST AND FINAL NOTICE FOR SUBMISSION JUNE 11

To ensure that that they received all applications for those that applied for a wildcard spot on the KSP tour, IKA and KSP are asking that riders double check that you are on the below list. If not, please contact the KSP or IKA by June 11 with proof of your in-time application.

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Kiteboarding to be Included in 2016 Olympics as an Evaluation

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics.

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Kitesurfing Wave World Championship Series Announced

The second stage – the finals – will be run by the Kite Surf Pro (KSP), a new tour created by a group of the worlds finest wave riders.

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Final World Rankings for 2010

After the last events of the season, the final rankings for 2010 in all disciplines have been published. The overall world cup winners are: Andy Yates / Gisela Pulido (Freestyle), Bruno Sroka / Steph Bridge (Course Racing) and Guilly Brandao / Gisela Pulido (Wave Riding).

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