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.
It’s almost time!
Soon we will be on our way to Bintan Indonesia for the KTA Indonesia, round one of this season’s Asian Kiteboard Championship Tour.
Not only is this the first round of this season’s KTA tour, but it’s also a pile of other firsts. It’s the first time the KTA will be visiting Bintan and Indonesia, the first time more or less we will be seeing riders from Indo, Singapore and Malaysia taking part, the first time the KTA has carried ISAF as well as IKA world ranking points, the first time we are including a weekend fun race and to top it all off it’s the launch of the first ever KTA Kite Kids.
Not bad hey?
You can expect all the normal things that make up a good KTA event as well of course – the cool venue, nice riders package and a party or two, but we will be seeing some new twists. Recent changes in the IKA rules system now means different requirements for the racers with extra kites being allowed to be registered (now it’s 4 instead of 3) and freestyle has also been unified to follow the pro-tour format. So all riders reading this – it might be an idea to check out the rules updates on the KTA website or of course listen very carefully when Comp Director Stephan Hertig holds his first riders meeting in Bintan.
It’s going to be an interesting first round for sure and we get to finally unroll our much planned KTA Kite Kids for the first time, this is something we are pretty excited about! We are working with the local organisers and schools in Bintan to give 48 local children the chance to get hands on with the first steps towards kiteboarding with the KTA Kite Kids classes that will happen on the days just before the competition gets underway.
The KTA Kite Kids will be led by KTA Open Champion Kathrin Borgwardt, who will be supported by the local riders and kite school to ensure good safe fun is had by all. The plan is to hold KTA Kite Kids before each round of the Asia Tour to start to inspire the next generation to want to get out there on the water. The event class will then we hope continue as an ongoing kids kite club and in addition Kathrin will also be offering follow-up kids kiteboard camp weeks to build on that buzz the kids will leave the KTA Kite Kids with.
For more on how this all works please take a visit to - http://www.kitekidstour.com/index.html
Also a big thank you needs to go out to the guys supporting the KTA Kite Kids and making it all a reality. Ozone for providing all the trainer kites, Maelstorm and Kitoons for the KTA Kite Kids t-shirts, Brunontti with rashguard, sunscreen and those other small bits and pieces that make it cool for the kids to go kiting.
There we have then one hell of an event package coming up for the KTA Indonesia, plus of course that weekend Warriors Fun Race more of which will be reviled on our Facebook over the next few days.
See you in Indo…………
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