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 first IKA/PKRA Junior world championships of kite surfing will be held in Spain in Sant Pere Pescador, Costa Brava the 2-7 of July 2013. The purpose of this competition is to determine who the best junior riders are in the world and
also to teach and educate young riders on how to compete, what judges are looking for, how to get sponsors and meet other young riders from all over the world who share their passion. For a total of five days the young men and women will be competing for world titles in each of their age group and having fun and learning more about competitive sports.
How will coming to this event benefit these young riders?
Competition is not only about being a good rider, but also being able to perform in all types of conditions and in a set format. The junior world championships will teach riders how to compete on the PKRA format. The PKRA competition format is designed by the best riders in the world like Youri, Gisela, Aaron and many more to decide who is the best rider in the world.
Many pro riders will be on hand to teach young riders how to execute the most technical moves and had to be a successful pro rider. Pro riders do this for a living and will be here to teaches athletes the importance of physical preparation, photo shoots and professionalism.
The staff of the PKRA that will be shooting, filming, promoting and judging the competition will also be on hand to educate competitors. The judges will go through video analysis of the heats and going over heat results with the riders explaining to them why they won or lost.
All this information will be available to all registered riders regardless of results. Whether you are first or last, this will be a great learning experience for everyone.
How will the ladders of competition be run?
The goal of the PKRA is to give a fair chance to every rider to have a chance to win a Junior World Title. The ladders will be created with up to 24 boys or girls. This means that unless more than 24 riders register for one age group we will not have to run trials. With the five age groups we can have up to 120 riders without having to run trials.
However, if we do run trials and you do not qualify for the main event, you will still have access to all the clinics, demos and activities that will be taking place during the week.
The age groups will be as followed:
• Boys 8-11 years of age Born between January 1st, 2002 and December 31st, 2005
• Boys 12-14 years of age Born between January 1st, 1999 and December 31st, 2001
• Boys 15-16 years of age Born between January 1st, 1997 and December 31st, 1998
• Girls 8-13 years of age Born between January 1st, 2000 and December 31st, 2005
• Girls 14-16 years of age Born between January 1st, 1997 and December 31st, 1999
The event will be run under PKRA freestyle rules, this is an opportunity to compete under PKRA rules and be evaluated by international judges.
Read original article: PKRA News:IKA/PKRA Jr World Championships update