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 Notice of Race for the 2013 North Americans has been published. The event will be held from 03 to 07 of June, 2013, at Chrissy Field, San Francisco, and hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.
The Notice of Race can be found here: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2013northamericansNoR.pdf
Registrations are accepted with immediate effect, and applications can be made here: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/registration
Please note that the event is ENTRY LIMITED to 80 men and 40 women, selected as stated in the Notice of Race. Applying sailors will be informed immediately after close of registration (13 of May, 2013) and then have to pay the entry fee within 10 days to secure their starting place. Places not taken will go to the waiting list thereafter and the original application becomes VOID.
Registration is also still open for the South American Championships, held directly in the week after San Francisco in Bonaire. The Notice of Race and the registration form can be found at http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/registration, the registration deadline for the South and Middle American Championships is 15 of May, 2013.
The European Championships will be held in Gizzeria, Italy, from 23 till 28 of July, 2013. Notice of Race and Registration link can be found as well at http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/registration
All the events listed above are part of the qualification to the kiteracing world championships 2013, to be held in Hainan Island, China, end of November. The last event counting for the qualification will be Cork OCR, middle of August. The world ranking after Cork will be used to determine the participants of the 2013 world championships.