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 IKA 2013 class AGM was held yesterday in London. The agenda comprised class rule issues as well as elections.
Many class rule changes for the Formula Kite class were approved, concluding the switch from the former "open" class rules into closed class rules and separating the racing discipline from the remaining disciplines freestyle, wave, speed and slalom. Also the KiteFoil class rules were approved - a new high performance development class. It was agreed that equipment regulations will only be introduced once the development has slowed down, a process similar to the evolution of the Formula Kite class.
2014 will see a new tour - the KiteFoil Gold Cup, with events planned in all parts of the world. The Tour Notice of Race will be published soon and the first event is expected to be held in La Ventana, Mexico, in March 2014.
Back to the Formula Kite class, the championship rules have been fixed for 2014 based on the experiences from the "testing season" 2013. The format for the 2013 worlds will be a three stage regatta, with qualifying series, final series and medal series. Sailors will carry two times their position after the qualifying series to the final series, and thereafter carry their complete score from the final series to the medal series. The courses have been also fixed and will be the ones recently used, windward/leewards with a bottom gate and a reach to the finish.
The age categories for the racing events have been adjusted to fit other ISAF classes, with youth being defined as "under 21" now and an additional category of "under 18".
Regarding world rankings for Formula Kite, from 2014 six events will count towards the overall score with a maximum of 3 major events counting (200 and 100 point events), the remaining points must be collected in regional events.
New equipment in 2014 will be eligible from July 1st. The registration deadline for the 2014 equipment cycle remains unchanged March 1st, 2014. All manufacturers interested in registering equipment for the next cycle need to complete the registration procedure by March 1st 2014 and have 10 pieces of equipment readily built.
The AGM concluded with elections. Mirco Babini was elected new class president, Bruno de Wannemaeker class vice president, and Pilar Lopez class chief measurer.
The complete minutes of the AGM will be published in the next days.