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.
Alexandre Caizergues (FRA, F-One) and Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha) are the Kitespeed World Champions 2009.
After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France. Although the race committee tried to go for an early start at 8:00 hours at the final day of the competition, the conditions never improved enough to allow for fair racing.
Local Alexandre Caizergues from Port St. Louis defended his title from the past two years, while for speed-rookie Melissa Gil the victory over defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) was a surprise. Being on speed equipment only since one months, she should be the new star in womens competition.
Melissa won the first leg of the competition, while her biggest opponent Charlotte shot a bullet in the second leg, but due to the decreasing winds Melissa scored with 30.03 knots the better speedand thus secured the overall victory.
In the mens fleet, runner-up Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), with 50.54 knots second fastest man in the world, was able to defeat Caizergues in the first round, but struggled with the light conditions in leg two. Most consistent was Sylvain Hoceini (FRA, Griffin) with two second places also overall in second.
Third then Douglas, with the top-speed of the competition (33.94 knots). His team-mate, US racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) scored an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition, aking use of the light conditions. Local rider Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One) completed the top 5 mens ranking.
Competitors and organizers were fully satisfied with the completion of the first IKA world championship, even when the wind conditions were not as expected. For the speed world ranking, the next points can be scored in Namibia late summer, and then in the United States and Ireland later in the year.
The international circuit is now focussing on the start of the professional tours and the continental racing championships in Europe and North America beginning of May.