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.
Great news for the KTA Race Center Project as we welcome onboard two new Centers this month. Both Hong Kong and Taiwan will be opening their doors for business and giving local riders the opportunity to get to grips with the new Olympic Kiteboard Class.
Time to switch from TT to RB and spend the summer sharping your skills to take on the next KTA season.
In Hong Kong things will be led by Ho Chi Ho and Jay Chau both instructors and racers on the KTA circuit, with Ho Chi Ho also hailing from an Olympic windsurf background which we hope will help smooth the transition for more windsurfers in the future. The Hong Kong KTA Race Center will be hosted by Kitesurf4ever and be based between Shui Hau Wan and Dapeng Wan depending on the time of year and wind directions.
Over in Taiwan things will be based at the Waterman Kitesurfing Center at Neipi Beach with Chen Chien Wen AKA Rai heading things up on the training front. It’s great to the new surge of interest from the Taiwan riders for course racing and we look forward to seeing students of Rai’s making their mark on next season’s competitions.
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