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 dates for the both PKRA\'s in China have been modified and unfortunately the Slalom event is canceled for Hainan. The prize money for the Pingtan event has been increased to $80,000. The PKRA stop in New Caledonia is canceled; we are all hoping to see it back on the schedule next year because it is such a magical spot and kitesurf haven.
Pingtan Kieboarding World Cup will be October 21-27
Pingtan Island is the most consistent and strongest wind spot in China and is rapidly becoming the most popular kiteboarding destination in China. The PKRA Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup will make kiteboarding history by being the highest prize money event in the history of kiteboarding. $80,000 USD will be divided into the 3 official disciplines $55,000 for freestyle, $20,000 for Slalom and $5,000 for Long distance. There will be a lot at stake in Pingtan making the competition fierce.
FREE accomodations will be provided for all the competitors.
For more information please visit the PKRA site.
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