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.
An interpretation has been published regarding acceptable manufacturing variances for series production course racing boards:
Question 11 dated September 2013:
What are the tolerances in the builder provided measurements that equipment inspectors will accept as manufacturing variances during event post-race measurement ?
Except for the Rockerline, Concave and Vee, Equipment Inspectors normally consider a variation of 3mm as acceptable manufacturing tolerance. However, the final decision if a measurement difference is caused through normal production variation, wear and tear, or other reasons, and the value of the accepted variation is solely within the equipment inspectors descretion, and he may apply larger or smaller tolerances when justified following the principle that "any equipment is built to the highest possible degree of uniformity in every performance related respect".
Note: From the 2014 equipment registration cycle onwards stricter tolerances may be applied which will vary from measurement point to measurement point.
The IKA technical committee has requested the builders to provide additional data to the original builder provided measurements A-E. The data can be found following this link. Please note, that only measurements A-E can be taken "at home". Sailors of equipment with missing builder provided data in the chart may contact the builder directly.