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 born between 2000 and 2003.
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 presents the new World Ranking System for 2014.
World Ranking Point Calculation 2014
The ISAF grading criteria will apply for Formula Kite events. Details can be found here.
KiteFoil events are graded as follows:
Grade 1: prize money of 20000 and more
Grade 2: prize money of 10000 and more
Grade 3: prize money of 5000 and more
Grade 4: less than 5000 prize money
For TTR (Twin Tip Racing) events, any international tour event or events held in conjunction with major Formula Kite or KiteFoil Grade 1 and 2 events, will be graded 50 points. All other events (nationals, weekend warriors) will be graded 20 points.
Points towards the world ranking are calculated as follows:
X = F x (N+1-Rank)/N
X = Ranking scored by a competitor at an event
N = number of competitors
F = Basefactor (200, 100, 50 or 20)
World Rankings from 2014 onwards
The points of each competitors best 6 events within the last 12 months will be added with the limitation that only a maximum of 3 major events (200 pointers and 100 pointers) may be scored for the Formula Kite World Ranking. The actual ranking position will be based on the sum of ranking points. The competitor with most points is the first.
The ranking list is a continuous system. After 12 months the points are deleted.
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