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Formula Kite

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.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

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.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

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.

 
 

Youth Olympics

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.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

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 competition of the PKRA Marsala freestyle World Cup, brought one of the most talented fleet of riders that we have ever seen at a PKRA event.  The trials had 38 men competing for 14 spots and 13 women for 7 spots.  After five hours of competition the main event was set, and the top riders were selected after going through many heats.  The top riders like Da Silva were able to easily advance into the main event, while many riders on the men’s side had to go through three rounds to qualify.  On the women side the battle for the seven spot was very close, with the women that could land the most technical tricks advancing into the main event.

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The thermal wind was slow building all afternoon, but by 4 o’clock it had picked up to 15 knots and the event was ready to start. It started with the men’s heats and Font from Spain was able to advance by landing a full repertoire of tricks in the light winds.  The second heat was delayed due to wind conditions but when the thermal filled back in Sebastian Garat from France with his experience, easily advanced into the main event.  The next two heats Shitzhofer and Spiessberger, the two Austrians landed many power tricks with clean execution to move straight into the main event. 
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 Heat number six with Hutter from France Scholte and DaSilva was very close.  Hutter was able to land this tricks with his kite extremely low while getting some nice stylish grabs on his board.  His tricks were considered extremely progressive and even though he did not have many, the quality and the execution gave him the win.  The next two heats with Guias and Blanc were also very close, they both won because of their execution and power.  The final two heats of the first round of men were won by Eudazio da Silva and Carlos Madson that have become tour veterans and know-how to secure a win, especially when the conditions are similar to the lagoons of northern Brazil.
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After the first round of men was completed, 10 men had been qualified for the main event and four spots remained, for the last 28 riders.  Seven heats were run and the winners advanced into round three where seven men would be battling for the last 4 spots.  The first heat of round three was between Suriel, Bakker and Garachenko.  The heat was close but unfortunately Suriel broke his kite halfway through the heat and allowed Bakker and Garachenko to qualify for the main event.  The last heat of the day was extremely tough with Scholte, Corniel, Neto and Borisov.  Borisov and Neto rode extremely powered while Scholte lost his kite and Ariel was not able to land enough clean tricks.
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On the women side of competition, the competition was also  extremely fierce.  In the first round Novotna, Van Westerop and Brochocka kited extremely well, landing S-1, 313’s BJ’s, Kiteloops and many other tricks.  The second round was much closer with 10 girls fighting for 4 spots into the main event.  Lange and Potter advance out of the first heat with clean blind judge’s and S-1’s and Baumeister and Rodenas advanced with nice kiteloops and BJ’s.

After a long day of waiting for wind and one of the toughest trials ladder we have ever seen on the PKRA, the main event is set for the days to come. The flat waters and perfect thermal winds will provide a perfect venue for this third PKRA freestyle event of the season. The town of Marsala set up a great village for the riders and have made this event is very special with their attention to details. Make sure you check out the livestream to see some great riding and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and information.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Trials of the Marsala World Cup 2013

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