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 world rankings for the various IKA disciplines have been updated after the first major events of the 2013 season, namely the PKRA freestyle/wave event in Dakhla and the African Course Racing Championships in Soma Bay.
In the freestyle world rankings, Alex Pastor (ESP) and Karolina Winkowska (POL) have taken the lead after their event victories in Dakhla, while in the course racing world rankings Steph Bridge (GBR) defended her lead with her Soma Bay success while Florian Gruber (GER) still sits in first after scoring a second place in Egypt.
No change in the waveriding and slalom world rankings so far with the leaders of the rankings sitting tight in their positions, awaiting the first KSP wave event in Guincho, Portugal and the first slalom event in Mexico.
Full updated rankings can be found here:
Freestyle Men: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Freestyle_Men.pdf
Freestyle Women: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Freestyle_Women.pdf
Course Racing Men: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Course_Men.pdf
Course Racing Women: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Course_Women.pdf
Wave Riding Men: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Waveriding_Men.pdf
Wave Riding Women: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/rankings/Ranking_Waveriding_Women.pdf