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.
Gisela Pulido and Julien Kerneur win the PKRA Slalom Fuerteventura on the last day in epic 30 knot winds. The wind stayed strong throughout the day and riders were on 5 to 8 meter kites. The Fuerteventura PKRA men’s World Cup title and prize was up for grabs until the last race of the day where 3 riders moved up in the rankings. All the competitors did an amazing job throughout the week racing at top speeds in very challenging conditions.
The riders demonstrated how competitive and challenging slalom can be in high winds.
The Races started early so that the riders could have a long break between races and that this did not have to run the races in the evening high winds. The prize ceremony was held after four full races and Julien Kerneur, Oswald Smith, Reno Romeu, Gisela Pulido, Paula Novotna and Karolina Winkoska were called to the podium. The racers were happy to claim their prizes knowing that they had taken part in the first PKRA Slalom Fuerteventura ever.
The first final of the day only had four racers because three were over early in the previous rounds and did not make the final. Reno thought he was in but was already disqualified. Adam withington and Ariel Corniel battled the whole race with Corniel just edging him out on the last leg. Gunnar Biniasch was third.
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Race ten had six racers charging hard, Reno Romeu took the lead and was the man to beat today with incredible speed. He was followed by Oswald Smith and Julien Kerneur. Ariel Corniel had a big wipeout and got the wind knocked out of him.
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The full fleet of women returned to the water in the final of race eleven with Gisela going out in front followed by Paula Novotna returning after her hard crash from yesterday. Karolina had a massive crash at mark two when she down looped her kite. Rosinska went on to finish third, followed by Titova. The men were up next with Smith coming out full speed and getting a bullet to lead after eleven races. Corniel was second, with Kerneur getting another third place finish. Reno edged out Withington for fourth with Serin finishing in six.
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