The Formula Kite class is a high performance hydrofoiling class using regulated series registered production equipment freely available.
For Regional Games and a possible inclusion in the Olympic Games, one hydrofoil model and one kite model will be selected for a plain level playing field and to avoid an arms race.
The KiteFoil class is a full development class with minimal equipment limitation, allowing brands to test the latest equipment on the market.
The GoldCup tour is the sports premium event series with events all around the world and a strong focus on media production and prize money level.
The Expression Disciplines currently include Freestyle, Big Air, Wave Riding, Strapless Freestyle and Park. Competition is judged on difficulty and execution rather than "first past the post".
The future governance of the world tour / world championships is currently under discussion between World Sailing, IKA, and the Kiteboarding Industry.
Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls under 18.
Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.
The IKA continues to campaign for an inclusion of kiteboarding in the 2020 Tokyo Games and several Regional Games on One Design Kitefoiling Equipment.
The Formula Kite class is the only afforadable solution for emerging and developing nations to compete in high performance classes and ticks all boxes of the IOC requirements, especially for youth and media appeal.
The IKA conference with national kite associations is confirmed for the weekend 24./25. of January in Dusseldorf during boot exhibition.
The meeting is mainly intended to constitute the relationship between the IKA and the national associations in a multilateral meeting, as well as negotiating about extending the IKA with the necessary sub-committees, their roles and responsibilities etc.
Depending on further pre-negotiations, the IKA might invite additional private tour operators and organizers to bi-lateral consultations.
The provisional agenda is as follows, amendmends may be made from feedback received and times adjusted after confirmation date of attendance:
TOP 1: Welcome and introduction
TOP 2: Brief overview about IKA history, ISAF actions and decision, responsibility, rights
TOP 3: IKAs idea of integrating national kite associations and other sub-committees (voting and non-voting)
TOP 4: Questions and answers
- break -
TOP 5: Constitution of national class associations sub-committee
TOP 6: Responsibilities of national class associations sub-committee
TOP 7: Election of interim seat toward the IKA committee
TOP 8: Constitution of audit sub-committee (more information to follow as well as nominations)
TOP 9: Responsibilities of audit sub-committee and appointments / election of interim seat
- break - negotiations with manufacturers if necessary
TOP 10: Constitution of manufacturers sub-committee (more information to follow)
TOP 11: Responsibilities of manufacturers sub-committee
- break -
TOP 12: Constitution of expression sub-committee (more information to follow)
TOP 13: Responsibilities of expression sub-committee
TOP 14: Constitution of racing sub-committee (more information to follow)
TOP 15: Responsibilities of racing sub-committee
TOP 16: Constitution of speed sub-committee (more information to follow)
TOP 17: Responsibilities of speed sub-committee
- break -
TOP 18: bi-lateral consultations with tour operators and individual organizers (to be individually invited)
photos, press release etc.
end of conference
Confirmation of attendance shall be made until 15th of January. All national kite associations are invited to this meeting and may confirm their attendance to info <at> internationalkiteboarding <dot> org. Please feel free to distribute this invitation to all interested national associations.
Questions shall be prepared, circulated and - whenever possible, answered - in advance, as we will have a tight schedule.