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.
19-year-old Gruber said he was finding the conditions a bit different to usual.
"I'm feeling good, but pointing upwind is a little slower than usual, I think it's the current," he said.
The UK's Olly Bridge came out firing, taking the first bullet (win) for the event and finishing the day in equal third with Alejandro Climent Hernandez from Spain.
"The reach was a killer," Bridge said, "But I realised I could take Maks [Zakowski] at the bottom mark."
Fastest finishing Australian Dale Stanton, in eighth position, was stoked with his day's performance.
"It's been awesome - smooth seas, which I like. The first race was long, it took it out of everyone a bit but it's nice to be competing in Perth – we have the most beautiful beaches in the world."
The competition was fierce in the Women's division with Ariane Imbert (France) finishing just ahead of Aga Grzymska (Poland) despite them having equal points. Australia's Lisa Hickman finished fifth.
Grzymska said she really enjoyed the day but the competition was on. "The light winds and smooth seas is what I'm used to, I've been using my 13m [kite]. My battle in this event is with Ariane," she said.
There is four days of racing ahead and, as head of jury Bruno de Wannemaeker told sailors in this morning's skipper's briefing, races are not won on the start line, but they are often lost.
This is the inaugural year for the Kiteracing Oceanics, which is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The competition includes ten top 10 internationally-ranked male and female kiteracers and a strong field of interstate and West Australians competitors across the course racing and freestyle kiting competitions.
Tomorrow's racing commences at 11am with the second day of fast-paced Course Racing heats. Freestyle Jam heats commence on Saturday. A$30,000 in prizemoney is up for grabs in the course racing and A$5000 for the Freestyle competition.
The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships runs through to Sunday when the finals will be held in both categories and valuable world ranking points awarded.
The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships.
TOP 3 MEN AFTER 4 RACES
1. Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone/Temavento) - 4 pts
2. Maks Zakowski (POL, Ozone/Temavento) - 8 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 9 pts
TOP 3 WOMEN AFTER 4 RACES
1. Ariane Imbert (FRA, North/North) - 6 pts
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, Ozone/Gaastra) - 6 pts
3. Nuria Gome (ESP, Ozone/Mikes Lab) - 14 pts
For more information visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages. Join in the conversation with the hashtag #KiteOceanicsWA and #L2L
Photo downloads from each day's racing are available from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/db3vd8x7dmvtgod/OfT2i1Pklu
Vision can be downloaded through Filezilla or an FTP site using the following information:
Please select the 'Day 1' folder.