New World Ranking and Qualification System for Course Racing

The upcoming MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe Stop in La Baule/France (27. – 30. September)  will be the first Event which uses the new world ranking and Qualification System for Course Racing.



As kiteboard course racing has been selected as an event for the Olympic Sailing Competition 2016, the world ranking system will change with the beginning of the new Olympic quadrennium.

From September 19, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will manage all ranking system for the Olympic Events, and therefore the IKA ranking system previously used will cease to apply. ISAF will publish a press release on that day with detailed explanations on the new ranking system.

The ranking principle however remains unchanged: every riders best 5 scores from events in the past 12 months are combined into the overall score. Unfortunately, as a new Olympic event, the ranking for kite racing will start with 0 points on September 19, and the first points for the new world ranking can be collected on the following events (points to be finally confirmed by ISAF):

  • European Championships, La Baule (France), September 26-30: 100 points - Register here
  • World Championships, Cagliari (Italy), October 2-7: 100 points - Register here
  • South American Championships, Buzios (Brazil), November 15-18: 50 points - Register here
  • Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Australia), December 2-8: 200 points - Register here

Note: for the group assignments at the 2012 European and World Championships, the current IKA world rankings will be used.

The new world ranking system will also be used as qualification system for the 2013 major events, with an event quota as follows:

  • 200 point events (Kite Racing World Championships, Sailing World Cups): 120 men, 120 women
  • 100 point events (Kite Racing Continental Championships): 80 men, 80 women
  • 50 point events (other events): TBC

If the quota for an event is exceeded, selection of riders will be made purely based on the world ranking as of close of registration:

  • From every country, the best ranked rider as of close of registration
  • 10 local wildcards for regional riders, to be approved by the class
  • 5 "injury wildcards" to be approved by the class
  • Remaining places strictly by world ranking position as of close of registration

Please note, that points to qualify for upcoming major events can only be collected at ISAF graded events. A complete list will be published soon on the IKA website.

Major events are planned for 2013 in

  • China
  • Italy
  • USA
  • Oman
  • Egypt
  • Thailand
  • Brazil 




Upcoming Events

Kite Speed African Championships
From 23.09.2012 Until 29.09.2012

Walvis Bay

no ranking points



KTE France
From 26.09.2012 Until 30.09.2012

La Baule




Course Racing European Championships
From 26.09.2012 Until 30.09.2012

La Baule


Course Racing


Course Racing World Championships
From 02.10.2012 Until 07.10.2012



Course Racing


Norwegian Open
From 05.10.2012 Until 07.10.2012



Wave Riding



For futher information please check the IKA Website