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.
Austrian Rider Stefan Spiessberger is the European Vice-Champion in Freestyle 2012. Right now he enjoys the warm and windy conditions in Cape Town. Since a couple of weeks he trains for the upcoming season.
KTE: You are the Freestyle Vice-Champion 2012 at the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe. Which stop was your favourite stop and why?
Stefan: The best one was definitely Podersdorf/Austria. Not only because it's my home country. The event was just amazing. Lots of spectators, partys and good conditions!
KTE: Are you happy with your results this season?
Stefan: Really happy. It was a great season for me with pretty good results on the KTE as well on the PKRA World Tour! I definitely didn't expect that at the start of the season.
KTE: How will a normal training day in South Africa looks like?
Stefan: Cape Town is for sure one of the best places to do your training in the winter. Challenging Conditions and a good lifestyle. It depends on the time I get to spend on the water. If its a good day of kiting, I am out training for about 2 hours. After kiting its important to stretch and maybe do some yoga. If there is no wind, it's perfect to go to the cable hike up the table mountain, do some surfing or go to the gym. That helps you to get some different movements as well as train your muscles which are not needed in kiting.
KTE: This year you traveled a lot - what do you miss the most when you are not at home?
Stefan: For sure my family and friends. But also just the "daily routine" you are used to when you are at home.
KTE: What is your favourite place for Kitesurfing?
Stefan: For kiting itself it's Brazil. There is no other place where you get such easy and perfect flatwater conditions! I think for training it's better to have challenging and hard conditions, as in a competitions it's most of the time not perfect at all. Thats why I prefer Cape Town over Brazil.
KTE: At the moment what kind of music would we find on you MP3- Player ?
Stefan: A bit of everything. Dubstep or HipHop before kiting, but also pretty chilled tunes.
KTE: What other sports do you do next to Kitesurfing?
Stefan: Wakeboarding, Skateboarding, Skiing, Climbing
KTE: Your plans for 2013?
Stefan: To get up the rankings even further I did in 2012!
KTE: Your plans for the future? Studying?
Stefan: I'd really like to study Sports. At the moment it's just not possible when I'm on the road the whole year.
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