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.
Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) confirmed their podium places from the single elimination in perfect conditions today.
With the judging zone set closer to the land, the riders were able to pull out their moves directly in the breaking waves and in front of the thousands of spectators at the Westerland Beach promenade.The biggest surprises of the day were Vincent Tiger (FRA), who made it through the double elimination with six victories in a row, but ended up with Peter Tyukjevich (RUS) who secured his place on the podium, and Nils Wesch who defeated 2008 KPWT champion Jesse Richman.
In the men’s final Rodwald was once again up against Permien, in a well-contested heat. Rodwald performed a front and low mobe followed by a crisp “board off” which proved tobe too much for Permien and taking the SEAT Freestyle 2009 title.
Gisela Pulido faced Kristin Boese in the women’s final, pulling out a great slim chance, front mobe and attempting a rare back mobe.
Competition continues tomorrow with even more wind and a good wave forecast.