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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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 registration period for the upcoming African Course Racing Championships ends on Friday, 15th of February. Up till now the quota is not exceeded, allowing all applicants to take part in this 20000 Euro prize money event, however, late registrations will be subject to a 50 Euro late fee and need to be approved by the class before being accepted.
Please make sure that your registration is received in time - you can still register at http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/registration, where you can also check the current entry list to ensure that your name is listed.
The African Course Racing Championships will be held from March 24 to 29 in Soma Bay, Egypt. It is an important qualifyer event for the World Championships later in the year, which has a limited entry policy with starting places granted mainly through the world ranking.