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.
Sean Farley and Melissa Gil lead after the first day of racing
After the first day of racing in very windy conditions, average wind speed 25 to 30 mph Sean Farley, (MEX) North/NJS Designs and Melissa Gil, (PUE) Cabrinha/NJS Designs lead off the rankings. Five exiting races had 20 competitors on the starting line with clean starts and no collisions or protest in the almost all Professional field. On the men’s side Sean Farley took four out of the five races.
On the woman’s side it has been toe to toe racing between the top three with the finishes in most races 10 seconds apart from each other. Melissa Gil is in the lead for now.
Winds are forecasted at 20 to 25 mph for Thursday and 30 to 35 mph for the rest of the week ensuring a great set up for the remainder of the competition. The race course is set with a one mile upwind mark and average times to finish the course are between 16 to 18 minutes.
1 Sean Farley MEX
2 Sky Solbach USA
3 Jesse Richman USA
4 Damien Leroy USA
5 Chip Wasson USA
1 Melissa Gil PUE
2 Sandy Parker USA
3 Kristin Boese GER