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 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) have announced today to enter a cooperation with immediate effect. The first sanctioned PKRA event under this new cooperation will be the PKRA KiteMasters Portimao in Portugal.
As of this writing, a sanctioning and cooperation agreement has been signed by both parties, following up negotiations between PKRA Tour Manager Mauricio Toscano and IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner.
As a result, the PKRA will be bidding farewell to the International Surfing Association (ISA) which sanctioned previous PKRA events.
“The PKRA would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to the ISA Executive Committee for their utmost sincerity in helping the PKRA these previous months and for sanctioning past events including the recently concluded Leucate Tour stop,” said Toscano. “We will be forever indebted to their utmost graciousness especially when the PKRA was seeking an International Class to sanction our events,” added Toscano.
Markus Schwendtner said, that “we are happy that we have overcome our differences and that we have achieved our goal now to unite international competition kiteboarding under one umbrella. This enables us to develop kiteboarding with the help and input from all interested parties”.
The PKRA will be governed now by the International Sailing Federations (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing and have their world tour included in the unified IKA world rankings, while the IKA agreed to give more influence to the riders regarding the development of rules and judging guidelines, to further unify and develop the sport of kiteboarding.
“We are really looking forward do drive the sport forward with the help of the national associations as well as the professional tour operators, that have done a great job in developing competition kiteboarding in the past years”, Schwendtner concluded.
The International Kiteboarding Association is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). It is the world wide governing body of kiteboarding, amongst other responsibilities managing the global administration of the sport and combining world events into one united ranking.
The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association has been in the forefront of professional kiteboarding, organizing world-class, professional kiteboarding events and the PKRA World Tour since 2000. It is a highly-respected kiteboarding organization which aims to promote the advancement of kiteboarding as well as the riders it represents.