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 born between 2000 and 2003.
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.
After the announcement of the new Tour stop in New Caledonia this coming November, The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA), will be adding one more exciting venue to next year’s World Tour. Mauricio Toscano, President of the PKRA after his meeting with the event organizer said that next year’s World Tour will be extended until December as a result of this new development.
“The 2010 World Tour will be one of the most if not THE most exciting tour we’ve had in the history of the PKRA. We’ve just signed a five-year deal with Anton Richardson and Sebastien Talem of Minotaur Sports Management in Queensland, Australia to organize the Australian tour stop at the end of 2010. This event will serve as the yearly final tour event and will be a grand slam event which will have Freestyle, Racing and Wave events,” said Toscano.
The partnership with Minotaur Sports Management will be a long term commitment to bring the PKRA for five years to Australia. This will expand the PKRA World Tour to the new island continent.
The venue will be the world–famous beach of the Australian Gold Coast – Queensland’s most famous stretch of 70-kilometer beach. This stunning piece of landscape is home to some of Gold Coast’s spectacular sporting events including the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. These significant contests consistently attract tens of thousands of spectators annually. The addition of the PKRA World Tour as a calendar mainstay of Gold Coast events further revitalizes the region’s foothold as Australia’s event capital as well as PKRA’s reputation as the world’s leading professional association of kiteboarders.
“Gold Coast hosts many major sporting events including the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro with a combined viewers of more than one million worldwide. We also have the Boost Aerial Surfing and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon with more than 14,500 participants. We are also proud to say that Australia’s number one motor sports event is held on the streets of Surfers Paradise every October now known as the Nitro SuperGP. This event alone attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually. Coincidentally, this year marks Queensland’s 150th founding anniversary that is why we are very, very excited to bring the PKRA to this part of the world as an added highlight to the celebration. Being the leading organization of some of the best kiteboarders in the world, the presence of the PKRA events will further enhance the entertainment experience of local and foreign visitors alike,” explained Richardson.
In addition to the dazzling venues, ideal weather conditions provide Gold Coast festivals and events a real sense of occasion. An average temperature of 20 to 28 °C with average cross onshore wind speed of 15 to 20 knots coming from the southeast provides the most ideal conditions for water sports such as surfing and kiteboarding.
About Minotaur Sports Management
Minotaur Sports Management is based in Queensland, Australia and is headed by Anton Richardson as CEO and Sebastien Talem as Major Sports Events Manager. The company promotes extreme sports and is one of the active promoters in the Gold Coast that ensure the ongoing success of the region’s established annual sporting events.
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 one of the highly-respected kiteboarding organization which aims to promote the advancement of kiteboarding as well as the riders it represents. PKRA events are sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) – the worldwide governing body of kiteboarding, combining world events into one unified ranking. It is under the umbrella of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).