Kitesurfers return to the waves for the 2017 GKA World Tour

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 will get the world's best wave kitesurfers competing in six different locations.

Three entities are currently running professional kiteboarding competitions. They are responsible for organizing the contests and crowning world champions, as defined by World Sailing.

The World Kiteboarding League (WKL) took charge of the freestyle events, the International Kiteboarding (IKA) runs the racing meetings, and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) gets the wave kitesurfing show underway.

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Didier Botta just went kiteboarding with a skate

Didier Botta is often seen controlling his kite in the water or down snowy mountains. But, this time, the French had less orthodox plans.

Kiteboarding is an incredibly versatile sport. You can ride with the wind in the water, in the snow, and on land. All you need is the right kite for each occasion.

However, Didier Botta wanted to try something different. So he grabbed his skateboard, launched his kite, and hit the asphalt. The French even found time to pick up a flower on the way down the road.

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Kite boardercross format confirmed in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Kiteboarding's competitive format for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games has been announced.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) notes that the format is inspired by the performance of ski and snowboard boardercross in the Winter Olympic Games.

The event consists of multiple elimination series, half fleet or full fleet races, with an ideal heat size of six riders. The initial seeding will be based on the world rankings, and races will get underway with a minimum wind of between 8 and 10 knots.

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