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.
With two days and eight qualifying races completed for the North American Kiteboard Racing Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club, the 74 kiters will now be split into Gold and Silver fleets for the Final Series to be held Thursday.
Leading the overall results at this stage is Johnny Heineken, with subdivision leaders as Adam Koch (Master), Adam Vance (Grand Master), and Erika Heineken (Women). Following the results on Thursday, the top ten will advance to the Platinum series where four additional races are scheduled.
Yesterday's results changed up a bit for today with the overall results still awaiting some protests. As it stands now, Johnny Heineken has a one point lead over Riccardo Leccese. Johnny took three bullets, getting upset in one heat by Adam Koch. Adam was on fire in his first heat. Adam and Johnny were neck and neck to a photo finish and Johnny exploded reaching to the line trying to gain back inches on Adam. Riccardo had some trouble in the second heat, taking fourth, but also getting trumped by Bryan Lake in another heat. The top six racers at the end of today are currently listed as Heineken, Leccese, Lake, Koch, Kender and Pasquali. Five of the top six racers being local regulars.
The women also had a change up since yesterday. Erika Heineken consistently pulls out four more strong races to maintain her first position, looking solid all day. Nuria Goma has a fantastic fourth heat and gains an overall position from third to second on Catherine Dufour.
The race committee headed by Robbie Dean is pulling some impressive timing for all the racers. Getting in four heats a day for two fleets takes lots of coordination. The new course layout helps racers on and off the beach. The timing between races is only five to ten minutes. This leads to great racing action all day long. Locals and tourists alike are asking about the races up and down the beach.
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 6th, 2013 approximately 1pm
St. Francis Yacht Club Race Office website:
Direct link to results:
Livestream! By Jamy Donaldson:
St. Francis Facebook site: