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.
Here comes a brief overview about the individual disciplines world champion titles, and how the overall kiteboarding world title is determined.
It is important to understand this section, as it affects your position in the world, and you should be aware of this system to choose the events for your personal schedule.
Let us first talk about the overall kiteboarding world title: We are looking for the most versatile rider, not necessarily the winner of each individual discipline. It might be possible, that the overall title is awarded to a rider who has won not a single discipline. How does this work ?
First of all, we are looking on the points that each rider has collected in every discipline over the year. The disciplines counting are: Wave Riding, the better result from Freestyle (KPWT judging) and Wakestyle (PKRA judging), the better result from Course Racing and Downwind Racing, and Speed. How you collect points for each individual discipline is explained further down.
So, what does this mean to you ? If you are focussing on the overall title you should try to collect points in all four categories, even if Wave Riding and Speed have a smaller importance to your overall position than the Freestyle disciplines.
How are the individual disciplines ranked ? Thats's easy. Every rider sums up his individual points. And those points per discipline are collected as follows:
1. Each event is scored depending on the factor of the event. See About -> Rules -> Point System for more details. In general one can say, the more pricemoney, the more points. An exception are only the one-off championships e.g. in racing and speed. But still, you will collect most of your points on the events from the professional tour operators.
2. A maximum of seven events is counted for the discipline ranking, with a discard system if there are fewer than nine events. Have a look at About -> Rules -> Point System for details as well. As there are much more freestlye events than e.g. speed events, you can collect more points in freestyle than in speed. Logical, when there are more events with more pricemoney, this discipline is considered more important than a discipline with only a small number of events.
So, what does this mean in real life ? The most important discipline is Freestyle/Wakestyle. You can collect by far the biggest number of points here. Then comes Course Racing, then Waves, then Speed. This considers the real world importance of the various disciplines, BUT: do not forget to collect points in the remaining "small" disciplines as well, as those few points could give you the victory and the overall kiteboarding world champion title. In other terms: you should score in all four disciplines to have a shot at the top.