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 first day of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe presented by XS Power Drink was a sunny but unfortunatley windless day.
Some Course Racer gave it a try today to race in 3 - 5 knots. In the end we called it at 5 pm a day for the Freestyler and Course Racers. The beach was covered by many kites and every partner made themselves a home down at the beach. For example our partner from the Kite-Expo, North Kiteboarding / Wet Watersports /Pop Kite and Ozone, Brunotti presented by Kite- Frenzy set up a nice area. For the rest of the week there is the possibility to test the gear of 2014 down at the beach at Castelldefels. Take also the chance to take a MINI for a test drive through the beautiful landspace. Hopefully tomorrow we will get some wind for some competition and the Chupa Chups Kite show.
The weatherforecast doesn't look too bad - some wind - but rain.
Skippersmeeting will be tomorrow at 10 am.
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