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Formula Kite

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.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

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.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

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.

 
 

Youth Olympics

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.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

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.

 

Day 5 – Slalom Thrills Crowds in Light Winds of Mendoza 

Racers and freestylers returned on day 5 of the Kitesurf World Cup Argentina to glassy conditions, similar to the day prior. While the forecast looked promising, anticipation was heightened, due to the fact that that only two days remained in the contest period.

While the wind took its time to show, riders pumped kites, swam and hung out alongside the noticeably larger weekend crowd of spectators, fans and tourists. 

Eventually, and seemingly within minutes, the lake went from mirror-like to a steady 12 knots. Soon after, the first few riders made it out on the water to check the conditions. Although some of the smaller freestyle riders were able to ride and throw down some tricks, it was not yet considered contestable conditions. 

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At this point, the decision was made to wait until 1:00pm, to see if the afternoon thermal wind would strengthen enough to resume the freestyle, which after having valid results already for the slalom, would take priority. At that time, wind had not improved.  Race director Olaf van Tol and head judge Sami Gali consulted the riders committee whether to start the freestyle in the light and shifty winds. They deemed that conditions were not yet suitable and the start time of the slalom race sequence was announced.

Soon after, women’s slalom race four got underway with Merve Ceylan leading from the start all the way until the last mark, where she crashed in a gust and was passed by Paula Novotna, followed by Jana Pipkin.

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The men’s race five saw Brian Lake in the lead from start to finish, while the battle for second and third between Victor Adamo and Manuel Abeleyra had the beach cheering and on its feet. The racers were side-by-side on the last leg to the finish, but Adamo accelerated in the last seconds and finished in second place by just over a board length. 

Watch the Video of Men’s Finals Race Five 

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During women’s race five, inconsistent wind between the second and third mark caused riders to struggle in the light wind. Ceylon was out in front and was the only racer to make that mark, ultimately taking the win.  The other racers had to tack to finally make it upwind of the bouy. Crossing the finish line second was Pipkin or her twin-tip.  Having been disqualified at the start line due to being over early, second place went to Novotna also on her twin-tip.

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Following the races it was decided to give freestyle a try. After only two minutes into the women’s heat five, neither riders had enough power to stay in the competition area, and the heat was abandoned. Although the wind would increase briefly, it never regained strength and the competition was called for the day. 

Sunday will be the last day of the PKRA Kitesurf World Cup Argentina. Riders will meet at the event site at 10:30 for a first possible start of 11:00. Make sure to follow the PKRA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and photos.

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Read original article: PKRA News:Day 5 – Slalom Thrills in Light Winds of Mendoza

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