After a turbulent season the International Kiteboarding Association announces the final rankings for 2015, with the leaders of the world rankings being awarded the status of the official 2015 IKA World Champions.

Although the IKA World Rankings count every riders best 7 results from world, continental and national level events, this year the world championship race has been decided by the four major events of the season, namely Dakhla, Venezuela, Tarifa and Fuerteventura.

After the sanctioning agreement with the PKRA had come to an end, the event in St. Peter Ording did not count to the IKA world rankings anymore. All other events after St. Peter Ording had then be cancelled by the now VKWC/WKT.

In the Freestyle discipline, Karolina Winkowksa (POL, Slingshot – 3055 points) defends her 2014 World Title. Second place is secured by Bruna Kajiya (BRA, Airush – 2900 points) only a mere 17 points ahead of Gisela Pulido (ESP, Best – 2883 points).

The mens freestyle competitions were dominated by Carlos Marios (BRA, Slingshot – 2661 points) ahead of 2014 world champion Christophe Tack (BEL, Liquidforce – 2490 points). Again in third place in 2015 is five time world champion Aaron Hadlow (GBR, North – 2460 points). Liam Whaley, Carlos’ strongest competitor, unfortunately missed the event in Fuerteventura due to injury, which put him outside of any medal contention for the 2015 season.

It is important to note that, as confirmed by ISAF / World Sailing, the former PKRA/VKWC/PKT/WKT is not entitled to award any world titles in the ISAF / World Sailing kiteboarding classes.

The 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championship rules, qualification system and calendar will be published shortly.

Turkey confirmed to host a round of the 2016 Kiteboarding World Championships

The idyllic island of Bozcaada will play host for another fantastic kiteboarding event in 2016 as a round of the Kiteboarding World Championships.

The new venue in the northern part of the Aegean Sea has offered fantastic conditions at last years IKA European Formula Kite Championships and for the Turkish National Championships in Freestyle and Big Air. Constant strong winds blow side-onshore but the water remains flat thanks to offshore reefs.

The event is planned to be held in the middle of August, when the strongest winds usually blow over day and night.

Central transportation from Istanbul will be arranged by the local organizers. More information, Notice of Race and registration will be available with the complete 2016 Kiteboarding World Championships Schedule in January.

Sanctioned Continental Tours

Kiteboard Tour Europe –  http://www.kiteboardtour.eu  

Kiteboard Tour Asia –  http://www.kiteboardtour.asia

Recognized Programs

Kiteboarding for Girls –  http://www.kb4girls.org

Kite Kids –   http://www.kitekidstour.com

KTA Race Centers –   http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/race-centers/