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.
As provided by the class rules, the Registered Production Lists have been updated a last time to include the boards and kites which are eligible for the worlds.
After the past months discussions about the grandfathering rule, a couple of kites have been added to the list as requested by the manufacturers or inidividual sailors. The IKA technical committee is satisfied by the proof delivered, that such kites are series production, and have been manufactured before 2012 and thus comply with the class rules.
The kites added are:
For a complete list of kites please reference to http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/equipment/registered-kites-class-legal-racing-kites
For a complete list of boards please reference to http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/equipment/registered-boards-class-legal-formula-kite-boards