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To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.

 
 

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 born between 2000 and 2003.

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.

 

Marc Jacobs and Karolina Winkowska win the Freestyle Beetle Kitesurf World Cup, in Saint Peter Ording Germany.  With almost all the single elimination and the full double elimination being run in one day, this was one of the most intense PKRA freestyle days ever.  Heats started at 8:30 and finished at 20:20 with two champions and many amazing performances.  The conditions were very good, with a 20 knot side-on breeze and small waves. Unfortunately Youri Zoon dislocated his shoulder and Bruna Kajiya hurt her knee.  Christophe Tack and Paula Novotna made an amazing run in the doubles, coming all the way from the last place to both finish in the top 4.

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In total 58 heats of men and women were run throughout the day. The action was intense from 8:30 in the morning until the two winners were declared. Some ups and downs throughout the day starting with Youri dislocating his shoulder in the loser’s final in the single elimination. Shortly after Marc Jacobs and Karolina Winkowska won the single elimination.  In a double elimination DaSilva had an amazing heat against Aaron Hadlow to upset the five-time world champion.  Christophe Tack won seven heats to make it all the way to the podium. We then saw Bruna Kajiya hurt herself on a massive kite loop, yet finishing on the podium. Ultimately Marc Jacobs won his first PKRA event after Pastor rallied hard in the double to force one last heat.  Karolina Winkowska also regains the Tour points lead with her victory.

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The single elimination started in round two where the freestyle had stopped on Sunday.  Da Silva and Hutter set the tempo in the first heat with some big grab front blinds and blind judge 5’s.  The first big matchup of the round was Zoon vs Hadlow.  Both riders were very technical but Zoon showed more power and advanced.  Alberto Rondina was riding really well landing some big toe mobes to advance over Tack.  In round three all, the favorites advanced to the next round.  The Zoon vs Jacobs’s semi was a battle of powered moves, but we could see that Youri was bothered by his shoulder and Jacobs advanced.  The Pastor vs Rondina heat was an extremely technical heat, with Alex winning with more power and some nice doubles.  In the battle for 3rd place Youri was ahead but dislocated his shoulder and lost to Rondina.  The final was very close with Jacobs edging out Pastor in a close heat with perfect front blind mobes and KGB’s from both Riders.

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The women’s single elimination started with the quarterfinals with the top four women in the world advancing to the semifinals.  The first semifinal between Winkowska and Kajiya was very close with Karolina being more consistent and having a cleaner execution of her tricks.  The second semifinal Pulido was too technical for the newcomer Van Westerop and advanced to the final.  In a great final, Karolina defeated Gisela by putting a little more power in her tricks and a smoother execution.

The double elimination started with the men.  Liam Whaley, local favorite Mario Rodwald and Eudazio DaSilva were the three riders that embraced the double elimination and all moved up into the top seven of the Beetle kitesurf World Cup.  317’s, BJ5’s, KGB’s, Front blind mobes are all some of the most technical moves that we saw being landed throughout the day by the top riders.  Christophe Tack came all the way back from last to 3rd after winning 7 heats and finally losing to a well-rested Alex Pastor.  DaSilva and Rodwald also had brilliant performances with DaSilva defeating two past world champions and having the highest heat total of the day with a 37.37. Alex Pastor won the first heat against Marc Jacobs by .36 and a super final had to be run.  This time Marc rode flawlessly, while Pastor could not land his BJ5 in the dying minutes of the heat.  Marc upped his score to 37.01 to make sure to close the door on Pastor and win his first PKRA.

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The women’s double elimination was marked by the success of Paula Novotna who competed in five heats and won four of them to move from last to 4th.  Bruna Kajiya injured herself in the last 30 seconds of her heat against Gisela Pulido; however Bruna had done enough to defeat Gisela and finished 2nd.  Karolina regained the points lead on tour after her victory; unfortunately no final was run due to Bruna’s injury.  All the girls were charging hard.  Sabrina Lutz the German champion landed one of the biggest blind judges of the day, Taabbel and Lammerts also landed some big moves.

To check all the results and heat scores and heat replays go the PKRA live page.

Mens Results:

Marc Jacobs Alex Pastor Christophe Tack Alberto Rondina

Womens Result:

Karolina Winkowska Bruna Kajiya Gisela Pulido Paula Novotna

This freestyle competition was absolutely amazing with 24 men and 12 women giving everything they had to win the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup.  We wish Youri and Bruna a quick and full recovery and thank the beach and safety crew for their hard work.  Congratulations to Marc and Karolina on their Freestyle victories at the Beetle Kitesurf World cup and we are looking forward to some great Slalom racing over the weekend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter of the latest news and updates.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Jacobs and Winkowska Win the Beetle WC

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