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.
Following close on the heels of the highly successful and much acclaimed 2013 World Course Race Championships in China the KTA is back in action with the first event of its Asia Tour season -http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/event/kta-thailand-christmas-race-special/
The Christmas Race Special takes place from the 17-20 December in Phuket, Thailand and is a new venue for the KTA to open the tour with. The event which follows the racing focus of this year winter monsoon season sees a new title sponsor for the competition with Tamarind Villa Phuket making things possible, while longtime KTA supporters Kitezone provide the host venue at Friendship Beach in Chalong Bay.
The KTA Thailand while being a more chilled regional affair than the recent Worlds it still promises to provide some high octane action with both Formula and TT race classes in the mix. Plus with an event prize value of USD 10,000 at stake from Cabrinha the Asia Tour’s title brand sponsor, you can expect no one to be giving anything away, Christmas or not.
‘It’s the perfect start to the KTA 13/14 season’ said KTA Director Neil Godbold ‘the Thailand kite scene is a hot-bed of race talent thanks to the local development of the Kitesurf Thailand Association. We know there will be a good local turnout and we know racers from the Philippines, China and Europe are already on their way to take them on, so it promises to be a fast, hectic event’
The KTA Thailand will also be the TT class will be racing as a fully recognised ISAF class and as such racers here will become the first world ranked TT riders. Asia is leading the way into this exciting new era for kiteboarding and its development and growth towards the 2020 Olympics.
It true KTA style the event will be also be providing training and skills development. This time with top international racer and coach Nils Stolzlecher who will be running his race clinic at Kitezone from the 12-13 December – http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/thailand-race-clinic/
Freestylers you have also not been forgotten, we hear you guys and although not a full freestyle competition Kitezone has kindly agreed to sponsor a wee registration day Freestyle Jam in which the riders themselves will judge the outcomes, so that promises to be a lot of fun and something not to be missed.
Although this KTA Thailand is more of an Open event and slightly shorter than a full tour stop it is still the KTA and it is Christmas, so you can expect some good off-water social activity to ring in the seasonal cheer. All of which is being brought to the event courtesy of our local co-sponsors the Vijitt Resort and the Rawai Nai Harn Group. So a big thank you to them and to all our sponsors for helping us to kick off the 13/14 Asian Kiteboard Championship Season.
Merry Christmas everyone !!
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