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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
It has been two very different weeks for the KTA with most of the team focused on the mission to bring together the 2013 World Course Race Championships over in China while elsewhere in Oman to be exact another KTA’er was at the ISAF Annual Conference. This is the gathering of all those people we don’t see too often at kite beaches, but they move our sport forward, deliberate our developments and proposals and will with any luck one day finally bring kiteboarding back into the Olympics. Its ok to say ‘bring back’ as after all we were there for a small blip of time which was just enough to bring kiteboarding to the eyes of the World. The good thing is that it looks promising once again for the future, it’s not set in concrete just yet but have faith and it could just happen!
Dateline Oman 15th November 2013 –ISAF President Carlo Croce
‘We want to support the Kite as an extra Olympic Medal in 2020. The new so called urban sports category would be the perfect platform for Kite – we want Kite to be in all our important sailing events; we were asked by the IOC not to change their system of evolution events. Again added value sports are needed for TV and this will be our answer’.
There we have it then and right from the top, kiteboarding adds value to sailing, a good way to be regarded then.
In presentations earlier in the week the IKA reported back on its meetings with the IOC. They have let it be known that they are still keen to see kiteboard join the Olympics, but not as another fleet racing event and have indicated that the short-track format is what they would prefer to see – part of that new ‘urban sports’ feel that President Croce refers to above.
Also on the table this week at the Conference for kiting is the hope to bring kite racing into the ISAF World Cup circuit, which until now has been the reserve of the Olympic classes only. The TT race class was another big topic as it seeks approval to be a full ISAF class endorsing it further as kiteboardings feeder class into the racing scene.
Both were well received and recommended throughout the week by the various sub-committees that first needed to approve such things. This now means that only one step remains and that is for the ISAF Council itself to have the final say and vote. This will have happened by the end of play on the 16th November and we will bring you the final news and results via our Facebook pages – https://www.facebook.com/kiteboardtourasia
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