About – US Kiteboarder Association
Now approaching 2 million kiteboarders worldwide, the sport of kiteboarding/ kitesurfing/snowkiting is fast becoming a mainstream action sport like wake boarding and snowboarding.
It is poised to grow even faster as more and more people cross over from other action sports and as kiteboarding becomes an ever more popular vacation activity for travelers.
Kiteboarding in the US and Canada has grown to the point where a national rider organization provides the best means to pursue common interests, create valuable new rider services, and influence the future direction of the sport in North America.
Here are some things that are important to most Kiteboarders:
- Sharing the sport with their friends
- Maintaining and gaining access to kiteboarding locations
- Keeping equipment costs affordable
- Vacation kiting
- Equipment travel issues
- Kiting in a safe and respectful way
- Helping other kiters
- Enjoying the kiting lifestyle
Riders making their wishes known on forums doesn’t always lead to change. However, riders organizing on a national level does.
For example, for some time riders have expressed on forums a desire to keep kiting affordable yet not much has changed. The US Kiteboarder Association, as a national rider organization that partners with brands, retailers, and others, has been able to create a national kietboarding buying club which is making kiting more affordable for its members.
While a national rider organization can’t take on all rider issues at once, we can take on a few of the most important ones right now.
For those who like mission statements, here’s ours:
USKA’s Mission is to Help its Members:
Share the Stoke
Spend Less & Ride More
Take a few moments to learn how USKA achieves its mission:
Share the Stoke
USKA helps grow the sport by:
1. Partnering with fitness centers to promote the sport to fitness club members and to provide the action sport enthusiasts with board sports-specific exercise programs.
2. Promoting the sport of kiteboarding by co-sponsoring an initiative to provide free kiteboarding lessons to 200 people during 2014.
3. Partnering with the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association to form new kite clubs at universities throughout the US.
4. Starting a grassroots social media campaign with USKA members to invite participants of other action sports to try kiteboarding.
Spend Less & Ride More
USKA helps keep kiteboarding costs down by creating a Costco-style Buying Club for its members.
USKA’s Buying Club creates partnerships with brands, retailers, kite schools, vacation resorts, and others who support USKA’s mission.
These partners offer discounts to USKA members as seen in the right and left sidebars of this web page. To learn more visit the Buying Club section of this website.
USKA strongly encourages everyone new to kiteboarding to take lessons from a certified IKO or PASA instructor.
USKA provides a free-to-the-public national local kiter directory (includes Canada) so people can easily find other kiters in their area. (No USKA membership needed)
USKA encourages all riders to get an IKO card which certifies that you are a competent rider. USKA is partnering with kite instructors to formalize a simple and inexpensive way for anyone to get an IKO card.
USKA will provide a national listing of kite schools and instructors who are willing to provide IKO cards at specified price.
USKA creates state or regional chapters of USKA and partners with other kiteboarding associations and organizations to address other rider interests.
USKA membership costs just $49 per year.
USKA members save much more than that.
So, join with fellow riders throughout the US & Canada and insure that RIDER interests stay at the forefront of kiteboarding.
If you’re not satisfied, then we will return your membership fee. That’s our promise.