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.
After equipment inspection on the evening of the first day of the 2013 Kiteracing European Championships in Gizzeria, Italy, the Race Committee filed a protest against three sailors using 2013 Temavento Racing Boards. The protest was heard on day 2 by an ISAF International Jury.
Based on the report of the event measurer, the protest was filed because the equipment was found not to be in compliance with the data provided by the manufacturer, and furthermore because the railshape of the front part of the inspected boards showed variation outside of reasonable production and measurement tolerances.
The building specifications of the brands itself are subject to a confidentially agreement in the builders contract. Only the class measurers have access to such data and use such data for measurement at events.
The international jury thereafter requested the race committee to measure all Temavento Racing boards present at the championship. A total of 19 boards were found to be not in compliance with the class rules.
The IKA class rules require all equipment used in course racing events to be "series production". According to the builders contract, any builder "agrees to ensure a consistent product strictly in accordance with the Manufacturing Specification and with the highest possible degree of uniformity in every respect".
The International Jury's decision was to disqualify all sailors using boards found not to be in compliance with the class rules from the races of day 1 and 2. The equipment involved is not allowed to be used in competition anymore.
In the meatime, Temavento has published statements on their facebook page as follows:
Temavento Race Engineering: "I wanted to point that no one of our riders and customer were aware about the wrong measurement of bow of the board. No one of them can be involved in a wrong production after # 31. Our factory and myself are the only one to blame. I am deeply sorry for them all."
However, if during further investigation, the Class, Race Committee and/or jury finds proof that a sailor has knowingly used a class illegal board, further action may be taken, including the possibility of a hearing under rule 69 which may result in suspension of the sailor from future competition.
Also, further action may be taken against the manufacturer after full investigation of the incident. Investigation will commence in the course of this week.