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.
And after three days of intense race action out on the waters of Chalong Bay we reached the finale moment for the KTA Thailand Christmas Race Special presented by the Tamarind Villas Phuket – it was award time!
The O2 Beach Club, part of the supporting sponsorship group from the Rawai Nai Harn business association, were our hosts for the awards ceremony and closing party. O2 provided a beautiful setting indeed and our fantastic hosts gave round 1 of the 13/14 KTA Asian Tour the perfect finishing touch to what had been the perfect kick-off event for the season.
So to the winners then -
Women’s TT Class
1st – Lisa Nikitina (UKR) 2nd – Kathrin Borgwardt (GER) 3rd – Fon Benyapa Jantawan (THA)
Men’s TT Class
1st – Doque Delos Santos (PHI) 2nd – Yo Narapichit Pudla (THA) Atte Kappel (SWE)
Women’s Formula Class
1st – Kathrin Borgwardt (GER) 2nd – Bitna kim (KOR) 3rd – Fon Benyapa Jantawan (THA)
Men’s Formula Class
1st – Yo Narapichit Pudla (THA) 2nd – Adrian Geislinger (AUT) Jack Chanon Phrakew (THA)
For all the full and final results from Round 1 of the KTA Asia Tour then go to - http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-thailand-phuket-xmas-race-rb/
That’s it then everyone the first is done so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the KTA and see you for round 2 in Bintan Indonesia - http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/event/2nd-kta-bintan-indonesia-2014/
The KTA Christmas Special was Presented by the Tamarind Villas Phuket and Hosted by Kitezone
Supporting local sponsors – Vijjit Resort, Rawai Hai Narn Group and 91.5 Fm
Tour Sponsors – Cabrinha, Bbt and the Blue Orange Ville
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