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 fourth day of the Kitesurf World Cup Argentina began with calm conditions and high anticipations. With glassy surroundings greeting the riders on arrival, many wondered whether the wind would appear at all. Around 11:00, the day began to show promise. A light wind line started to push down the canyon of Lago Potrerillos and inched slowly to the event site with each passing moment. As the wind took its time to fill in, riders and spectators spent the morning enjoying the sun, swimming, and appreciating the pleasant conditions.
With the winds building to 8-10 knots around 12:30, slalom racers took to the water first to take advantage of the improving conditions. Hoping for the wind to build to contestable levels to finish the freestyle single, it was decided that the light winds were most suitable to continue on with the slalom.
As the races got underway, it was clear that many of the racers on twin tips would not have an easy time in the conditions, and most scrambled to find bigger directional boards or opted to stay and watch the from the beach. Light and shifty conditions prevailed throughout the afternoon and in total, three rounds of men’s and three rounds of women’s went off in winds lulling to five knots and reaching just over 12
The course provided tactical challenges as the buoys were set very tight. Rounding the mark too wide would result in a struggle to make it above the next mark. Kite size selection was also a key factor, as the wind would strengthen at times, luring some competitors to rig down, while others chose to stick with their biggest kite. On this day, 14- 18m kites were the most popular choices.
In the men’s fleet, Brian Lake dominated the day, demonstrating why he deserves the world title distinction. Bullets in every race followed by three second-place finishes for Victor Adamo and three third-place finishes for Abeleyra.
Read original article: PKRA News:Day 4 - Light Wind Slalom Action for PKRA Argentina