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.
In the morning the unexpected wind was strong enough to run the single elimination in freestyle. We saw some great action from the women and men on the water.
The day started with the skippersmeeting at 10 am. Suddenly the wind picked up and was strong enough to start the first freestyle heat at 10:30. With cross on shore winds of 15-20kts, British Freestlye Champion George Dufty took an early defeat against Alex Rodriges, which set the stage for a day of upsets. Riders took to the water on kites ranging from 13m, down to 8s for the women, with varying strength wind through out the day. There were many exciting heats, including Stefan Spiessberger who narrowly took the win over Paul Serin, with a score of 24.7 against Serins 23.9, and also Sabrina Lutz who lost marginally to Annelous Lammerts (current European Champion). Current vice World Champion, Alex Pastor put on a great show throughout the day landing incredible tricks in the tricky choppy conditions, including SMobe 5s, front blind mobes, and even tail grab KGBs. Lammerts continued to look good, with some very nice sbends to blinds, allowing her to take the win in the womens Single Elimination final against Therese Taabbel. The mens final was set to be an epic, with Alex Pastor against Stefan Spiessberger. With dropping winds, the riders struggled to stay upwind, and Pastor performed a few tricks outside of the competition area. Stefan showed his dominance of the day with a powered shifty 315, Blind313, front to blind, melon back to blind, and an smobe. This was enough to defeat Alex Pastor and take the win. Mario Rodwald performed really well as well and won the loosers final againts Valentin Garat. All over all the day was successfull for the freestylers. The wind dropped to 5 knots when the boatcrew was ready to set the course. Finally with shifting wind we managed one race today, won by Florian Gruber, followed by Julien Kerneur and Ivan Doronin. Astrid Berz from Switzerland won the only race of the day before Anastasia Akapova and Jade O'Connor.
We finished the day with a nice Paella and a camp fire.
Tomorrow skippersmeeting will be at 10 am for freestylers and course racers.
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