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Formula Kite

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.


KiteFoil GoldCup

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.



Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.



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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.


Youth Olympics

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.


Olympic and Regional Games

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.


Well the 11/12 KTA Asia Tour season is about to end on a complete high on the Island of Pingtan in China with its biggest and best riders package ever!

US$ 30,000 cash along with over US$ 10,000 of equipment prizes will be up for grabs at the closing event of this seasons tour. In addition to this stella prize package all competitors will be able to take advantage of the free riders hotel and breakfast deal, along with free bus transfers direct from the airport to the competition venue. All of this is courtesy of the KTA China’s Presenting Sponsor the Pingtan County People’s Government and the KTA Tour Sponsors.


The full event information can be found on the KTA China location page

The finale of the KTA season brings us back once more to China which has in the past years hosted some of the biggest events the KTA has been involved with and this year promises to be even better. Pingtan Island is a new location in China for the KTA and steps forward as the latest of China’s new economic development zones, which in this case due to the island’s location in the Taiwan Straits is being heralded as a gateway for Taiwan into China. Pingtan Island offers not only potentially some of the best winds for KTA, but also large wide sand beaches and stunning coastline. The island itself is a mad mix of old style traditional stone buildings and the construction drive for the future making it a unique insight and experience of the contrasts of China today.

The KTA tour-stop in scheduled from the 16-20 May 2012 and forms not only the China round of the Asia Tour but also the KTA Tour Finals for this season. Last month saw the awarding of the Asian Championship Titles in Thailand, but in May it will be the KTA Tour Titles to decide. So expect plenty of action with so much at stake and so much on offer to win.

KTA Tour Championship Titles are open to any nationality and are the combination of the overall scores from all the rounds of the KTA this season.

The KTA champions to be crowned in China will be –

Freestyle – men and women Course Race RB Class – men and women Course Race TT Class – men and women

The titles are awarded from 1st to 3rd positions. Winners will be awarded trophies and over US$ 10,000 of equipment prizes.

In addition to the overall KTA Tour tiles there will of course also be the event winners of the KTA China round itself. This again is open to all nationalities and is not dependent upon having competed in KTA before

The KTA China event winners will be –

Freestyle – men and women Course Race RB Class – men and women Course Race TT Class – men and women

The winning places will be award for the first time in the KTA from 1st to 5th positions and will share in a split of the US$ 30,000 of cash prize money and of course IKA world ranking points also.

The prize breakdown for each discipline above is as follows:

Prize Breakdown per Discipline for KTA China 2012 – Pingtan Island 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Men $2,500 $1,500 $750 $500 $250 Women $2,000 $1,000 $500 $300 $200

Keep up-to-date with the information and news as we build up towards the final Asia tour event of the season through the KTA Riders networks, which as well as our international Facebook page in English also now has Japanese page and Chinese riders blog page

Event Programme – KTA China 2012 Date Day Evening 16th May 2012 KTA Registration @ Honor hotel (KTA Team hotel) Opens 9am and will close at 5pm Opening Party – location to be confirmed 17th May 2012 Official Government Opening Ceremony @ Longfengtou Beach 9am - ALL RIDERS MUST ATTENDCompetition Starts – Course Racing or Freestyle Free Evening 18th May 2012 Competition Starts – Course Racing or Freestyle Mid Party – Location to be confirmed 19th May 2012 Competition Starts – Course Racing or Freestyle Free Evening 20th May 2012 Competition Finals – Course Racing or Freestyle Awards Ceremony & Closing Party

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