Governance – Decision Making and Governance Structures

How does it Work?


The International Kiteboarding Association is a not-for-profit making organization operating a democratic decision-making process within the constraints of the Constitution.

With the exception of an Executive Secretary, the IKA is comprised entirely of volunteers.

The President, the Vice-Presidents of the Formula Kite and Kitefoil Open Class as well as the Vice President Youth/Development Racing, the Secretary General, the Athletes Representatives and the Chief Measurer constitute the Executive Committee of the Association. The Executive Committee is responsible for implementing the policy decisions of the General Assembly and for taking all management and operational decisions on behalf of the Association.

At the head of the decision making process is the General Assembly. The General Assembly is made up of all full members of the Association being subject to payment of the annual membership fee each national association regulating the activity of the class in that country.

The Executive Committee also from time to time appoints specialist committees / commissions and working parties.


The Decision Making Process


Every year a General Assembly is held, at which the Executive Committee positions which are terminating according to the Constitution are elected. The Annual General Meetings of the Formula Kite, Kitefoil Open Classes, and Youth/Deveolpment elect their respective Vice-President to represent the class interests in the Executive Committee.

The Athletes Representatives are elected bi-annually by the active competitors of the (olympic) Formula Kite class. The Chief Measurer is elected by the members of the Technical Committee, following each General Assembly.

During the General Assembly, all the National Class Association's, industry representatives and a riders' representative meet and discuss submissions for change which have been made by members.