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.
The NoR has been publised for the European Course Racing Championships, which will be held in Gizzeria, Italy, from 23.07.-28.07.2013.
10000 Euro prize money and 100 points for the IKA course racing world rankings are up for grabs.
Hang Loose Beach is well known for a its two-week "Aloha Party", with concerts and parties every night, warm weather and a perfect thermal breeze. The worlds best course racers are expected to have a shot not only for the prize money, but also important points to qualify for the world championships in China later in the year.
The event is entry limited - 120 men and 80 women can take part. One place per country is guaranteed by right, the remaining places are granted depending on standing in the world rankings, with 90% of the places reserved for European riders and 10% for non-europeans. If any quota is not filled, the remaining places become freely available.
Visit http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/registration for further details