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To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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Formula Kite

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.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

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.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

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.

 
 

Youth Olympics

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.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

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 slalom racing delivered some very exciting and surprising finishes.  A total of six races were run with Bryan Lake winning three races, Ariel Corniel on a twin tip winning two and Julien Kerneur winning one.  On the women’s side it was Paula Novotna who dominated the fleet winning five out of six races.  The course was very simple with four reaches, what made things technical were the 2 to 3 meter waves coming through the course. All the races were very exciting and tomorrow should be no exception with more good wind forecasted.


The course was set up with the starting line outside, coming into the beach break and going back out and finishing in front of the beach.  This meant that the riders had to come through the beach break twice and once back out. The timing of when to go over waves and when to jump over them was critical and narrowed the gap between the twin tip boards and the slalom boards.  This was shown in the results with Ariel Corniel winning two races on his freestyle twin tip.  The conditions were also very rough on the outside with a 20 kn breeze and strong chop.  It was challenging for the slalom boards to keep their fins in the water and to clear debris form the large swell of the previous day.  All the girls opted for their twin tip boards and the full fleet made the races very competitive and fun to watch.
This was the first time that races were run with so many variables(wind, waves, chop, debris) that lead changes were constantly happening and at no time could a clear winner be picked.  The fastest racer on the water was still Bryan Lake but his speed was impeded many times by the waves and the debris.  Ariel Corniel and Paula Novotna were the surprising riders of the day because they are top freestylers and upset some of the top racers in the world.  However with another full day of racing ahead, anything can still happen, we will have to wait and see if Julien Kuerner or Oswald Smith will make a run at the top spot.
The racing will resume tomorrow at 11 AM with the TT race for the local Chinese racers and many more legs of slalom.  These are some of the roughest conditions that any type of racing has ever been running in kitesurfing and it is extremely exciting to be part of it. Make sure you follow us on www.prokitetour.com for the latest news and photos.

 

Read original article: PKRA News:Slalom Surf at the PKRA Pingtan China

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