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.
Since the KTA launched its Taiwan Race Center with Waterman Kitesurfing things have been developing nicely over on the windy island. Interest is growing amongst Taiwanese kiteboarders in how to ride and race with a raceboard and the KTA Race Center at Suao beach has seen a steady number of riders coming to train. So much so that the Taiwan Race Center has decided to increase its race trainer team to be able to support what hopes will be a continuing trend in racing.
Therefore we would like to congratulate and welcome Wu Juin Shain (OA) who joins Chen Chien Wen (Rai) as the Centers second race trainer. So even more chance to learn the dark art of race board riding if you are based in Taiwan and the Center there has agood stock of race boards now for hire, so you should never find you are stuck waiting on the beach.
We look forward to seeing OA and Rai on the KTA tour long with other rider from Taiwan putting their skills to the test.
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