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.
Boao Kingbay on the beautiful Island of Hainan will host the 2013 Kiteracing World Championships, with registration taking place on November 18 and 19, and racing commencing fomr November 20 to 24.
A total prize purse of 20000 USD is up for grabs for the best 120 men and 40 women of the world. All qualified entries will receive free accomodation in the newly build 5 star hotel.
The Notice of Race has been published here: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2013worldsNoR.pdf
Applications for starting places can be placed following the official application form at http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/events/upcoming-major-events-registration/world-championships/application-form
The event website went live today as well and provides information for travel, accomodation, visa requirements etc.
The event is entry limited - registration closes on August 26, with the last event counting for the qualifcation being Cork OCR.
Sailors that are interested in participation have the opportunity to qualify through the following events: