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.
We regret to announce, that the PKRA has declared not to accept the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) mediation result after more than one month of intense negotiations.
This has forced ISAF Secretary General, Mr. Jerome Pels, to issue this formal statement to PKRA president Mauricio Toscano:“Dear Mr Toscano,
It is with regret that I understand the PKRA has decided to decline any further
involvement in the mediation process to reach agreement with our recognized
member, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). ISAF have invested
a lot of time and effort in this process and your reasoning does not seem
consistent with the negotiations that have taken place. If there is anything
further that ISAF can do to restart this process and come to agreement then
we would urge you to reconsider.
If you proceed, as indicated in the email from Mr Paul Caswell dated 29 March
2009, then the ramifications of this decision are as follows:
It is expected, that the latest PKRA announcement to be recognised by a surfing association now, will only be a short intermezzo, as ISAF has already taken all necessary action to protect its rights against illegimite use.
Note: Regarding the first PKRA event starting on the 11th of April in Leucate, France, due to the short notice there will be no action taken against competiting riders.