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 worlds fastest kiteracers are coming to Leighton Beach next week!
If you're into action sports and love the beach, the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach Fremantle is the place to be from 10 to 15 December!
Spectators will get to see the world's best kiteracers tackling a marked course close to the water's edge, spectacular jumps as part of the Freestyle Jam, plus enjoy awesome entertainment and beach party festivities. Here's what you need to know! It all happens down at the Race Village at Leighton Beach.
Wednesday 11 December
From 11am: Round one of Course Racing
Thursday 12 December
From 11am: Round two of Course Racing
Friday 13 December
11am: Round three of Course Racing – who will make it through?
3pm: Freestyle Jam – Competition begins
4pm: Race Village open, including Sunset Markets, Oceanics Bar and public beach volleyball
5pm: Aussie Beach BBQ – come along and grab a gourmet snag!
5pm: Meet the worlds fastest kiteracers and get an Oceanics shirt autographed!
7pm: FREE Open air cinema night: screening of surf documentary "One Touch" starring Joel Parkinson and Wes Berg. Catch the trailer HERE.
Saturday 14 December
From 11am: Roving entertainment commences, Race Village open including Sunset Markets, Oceanics Bar and public beach volleyball!
From 12pm: Freestyle Jam!
1pm to 4pm:Vintage Kombi Van Photo-booth open
2.30pm: Lighthouse to Leighton race takes off from Rottnest Island
From 3pm: Lighthouse to Leighton competitors reaching the finish line at Leighton Beach! Prize giving presentations
From 4pm: Freestyle Jam Finals!
5pm: FREE Live music from local WA artists The Brow Horn Orchestra, Sam Perry, DJ NDORSE and DJ Charlie Bucket in the Race Village
Sunday 15 December
11am: Roving entertainment commences, Race Village open, including Sunset Markets and Oceanics Bar and public beach volleyball
From 11.30am: Kiteracing Oceanic Championships Course Racing Finals
1pm to 4pm: Vintage Kombi Van Photobooth open
4pm-6.30pm: Live music and DJs
6.30pm: Trophy presentations in the Race Village
*Please note race times may alter on the day depending on wind conditions