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 registration at the PKRA/IKA Kiteboarding Freestyle Junior World Championships took place at the camping La Ballena Alegre, San Pere Pescador, Costa Brava, Spain. Costa Brava has been hosting events for many years, it is a great venue and a perfect place for the first Kiteboarding JR World Championships. 43 riders registered from 17 countries. The thermal winds picked up to solid 15 knots all afternoon and many riders took advantage of the conditions to warm up. A beautiful opening ceremony welcomed all the riders.
The riders are form all over the world and are adapting to the local conditions. The wind here is usually the strong Tramontane out of the north or the warm thermal from the south west. This time of year the thermal is the dominant wind. The competition will have two classes of boys 8-14 and 15-16 and two classes of girls 8-13 and 14-16. This means that 4 World titles will be given. Only two kids under 11 registered so they will join the older class.
Throughout the week the PKRA along with many pro’s like Gisela Pulido and Alvaro Onieva will be doing clinics to educate the young riders. The goal of these clinics will be to teach up and coming riders how to compete, train, media relationships and sponsors.
The level will be very high, especially in the 15-16 age group, with many competitors having already kited for many years. The European champions are here to see if they can claim a World title. The competition will start in the morning at 10:30am . You can follow all the action on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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