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 day of the North American Kiteboard Racing Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club had the 75 kiters split into two fleets to begin the qualifying stage of the event. Riccardo Andrea Leccese (ITA) and Johnny Heineken (USA) started fast by winning all four races in their respective fleets. In 4th is Adam Koch (USA) as the top Master, in 15th is Alex Aguera (USA) as the top Grand Master, and in 28th is Erika Heineken (USA) as the top woman.
Seventy Four registered racers start off day one in two fleets, yellow and blue with ten racers being women. The overcast day didn't dampen anyone's spirits as all the racers jockey for setting expectations for the rest of the week. The top three in the yellow fleet came down to Johnny Heineken, Adam Koch, and Brian Kender. The top three in the blue fleet came down to Riccardo Leccese, Bryan Lake, and Tomek Janiak. First and Second in each fleet were consistent with Johnny and Riccardo getting bullets in all heats and second place being tied between Koch and Lake. The top three women on day one are Erika Heineken, Catherine Dufour and Nuria Goma. As always check the official results for accuracy and protest updates.
The racers contended with regular boat traffic on the open race course. Tankers, pleasure boats, pilot boats and tourist ferries all played roles in quick decisions for the racers on the course. Yellow heat two started out with a huge tangle. Thankfully the race officials were swift in helping the downed kiters with no injuries. At one point the U.S.S Potomac steamed through the course and literally split the upwind port tack in half right after the start. The professionalism of all kiters led to clean racing despite all the moving obstacles.
Going forward it is going to be some very tight racing with only 12 points separating the top ten racers after day one. Anything can happen. The new coarse layout gets huge approval from racers and spectators alike. It's a two lap course with a reaching finish right to the beach. Great for racing, and beach spectators get prime viewing of the entire course and especially the finish.
If you're in the area, you are definitely going to want to come down and view the action. If you can't make it, the St. Francis Yacht Club has lined up some great media coverage. See the links below for all the up to the minute updates. A huge thanks goes out to all the officials and volunteers involved.
Stay tuned for more action on June 5th!
Racing continues: June 5th, 2013 approximately 1pm
St. Francis Yacht Club Race Office website:
http://www.stfyc.com/ Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pa geid=379035&ssid=295833&vnf=1
Direct link to results:
http://sailwave.com/results/ stfyc/ 2013kitenasqualificationseries. htm
Livestream! By Jamy Donaldson:
http://new.livestream.com/ accounts/3511933/events/ 2152265?query=kite+&cat=event
St. Francis Facebook site:
https://www.facebook.com/ pages/ St-Francis-Yacht-Club-Racing/ 106175099461351