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.
Nearing the end of the 2012 season, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe looks back on a momentous European Championship 2012.
The tour was a great occurrence to show the anticipation and competitive spirit of the euroepan kitesurf elite.
During this season the riders were really pushing the limits of kitesurfing in freestyle and race competitions - in the mens and womens division. Mario Rodwald and Annelous Lammerts won the overall title in Freestyle. Riccardo Leccese and Christine Bönniger finished first overall in Course Racings. But every rider brings something to the sport and to the amazing tour. Let's have a look to facts and figures of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012.
In 8 month, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe organised 5 fabulous tour legs, in 5 countries with 600 registered riders and over 300.000 spectators. 576 hours of eventful action on the water and on the boardwalks. 480 hours to set-up the event sites and to break it down again. 5014km of car travelling to get all material to the event happenings.
The gourmet rider could find an incomparable offer of delicous sandwiches, companied by a fresh Red Bull or Alpro Soja Milk (nature, chocolat or vanilla) as well as a yummy dessert of strawberry and kiwi Chupa Cups. The consumation of drinks and sweets summarised to 7.500 cans of Red Bull, 5.000 packs of Alpro Soja milk and more than 8.200 Chupa Chups.
The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 reached an average of 15 sunny days (out of 24 event days). Average temperatures : Podersdorf 18°, Sylt 17°, Brouwersdam 30°, France 20° and Barcelona 20°. Temperature of the water: minimum Sylt 14,8° and maximum Brouwersdam 19,2°. Average windspeed : minimum France 1 knot and maximum Sylt 25 knots.
Media Coverage :
The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe covered the international media market. 178.000.000 European print media coverages and 185:08:00 minutes in international TV.
At the close of this European Championship 2012, one thing is certain – the Kitesurf Tour Europe has proven to be an excellent tour. For the next year, the KTE will grow with time. Many riders now look forward to returning with great anticipation for both their freestyle and racing adventures. Thanks to all riders, partners, helping hands and press people to create such an amazing tour 2012.
Here you'll get all images and videos of the MINI KTE 2012
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