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.
After three days of intense competition at the Pingtan kiteboarding World Cup the fourth day brought waves between four and five meters to the coastlines of Pingtan. The extreme conditions made it impossible to properly set buoys and ensure the safety of the riders so the race director decided to call it a day. The freestylers took advantage of this to go freeride in the waves and enjoy the strong winds. The skippers meeting will be held at 9:30 AM tomorrow with the possibility of running six slalom races throughout the day. Some waves will still be coming through the competition area and should make for some exciting slalom racing. We will see if Bryan Lake will keep dominating the field or if Julien Kerneur or Oswald Smith can pull off an upset.
Photo: Axel Tack
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