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.
Even though he is only 15 years old, Bridge showed great maturity today and with solid results in the top 5 managed to keep his lead and go into the medal series tomorrow with a safe lead from Leccese who is now in second place, after a very bad day for Doronin who dropped in 5th . A great performance today from Holland's van der Vlugt managed to climb him into 4th overall scoring three top 5 races.
In the women's fleet everyone was waiting to see if the young Russian Kalinina who managed to score 4 straight bullets yesterday, would made it to the top 10 and continue racing tomorrow as well. With only two races on today's schedule it would be a true challenge for her. Meanwhile Bridge had to keep in front of Roose in order to hold on to her top spot. But star of the day was again Kalinina – she scored another two bullets and marginally made it to the top ten with 6 first finishes and 8 disqualifications, not a frequent sight. Bridge managed to stay close behind her and score two second finishes and extended even further her lead from Roose who scored two thirds.
With Bridge on the lead and Poland's Janiak completing the top 10 in the men's fleet it is all about tomorrow with four races in schedule and everything possible. The small number of riders doesn't allow many opportunities for covering the lost ground and it's going to be hard for those that already have built a safe lead to lose their place.
Same schedule for the women as well, and it remains for another day to see if mother and son will achieve the remarkable and be crowned European Champions for 2013 in men and women.
As we go into the final day tomorrow the championship is climaxing and all eyes are turned to Hang Loose Beach. A massive 14 races for the womens fleet and 15 for the two mens flights have been completed.
Event coverage tomorrow will include live streaming of the event at www.livestream.com/extremience as well as live tracking provided by TracTrac at http://bit.ly/17Mic2Q
A replay of the livestream is available as well as replay of all tracked races of the gold fleet from the final series.
Leaderboard after Day 4 – End of Opening Series:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR / North) – 9 pts
2. Riccardo Leccesse (ITA / Ozone) – 25 pts
3. Maxime Nocher (FRA / North) – 31 pts
4. Rolf van der Vlugt (NED / Airush) – 41 pts
5. Blazej Ozog (POL / North) – 42.3 pts
Full Results: http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansFinalMen.html
1. Steph Bridge (GBR / North) – 19 pts
2. Katja Roose (NED / Airush) – 27 pts
3. Christine Boenniger (GER / Flysurfer) – 45 pts
4. Agnieszka Grzymska (POL / Ozone) – 52 pts
5. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS / Ozone) – 75.3 pts
Full Results: http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansOpeningWomen.html
The daily video can be found here:
Photos from the fourth day can be found here: http://bit.ly/177XDeT
Also you can download the daily video from the FTP Server using the following details:
Events Website - http://www.hangloosebeach.it/