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To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.

 
 

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 born between 2000 and 2003.

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.

 

Tight racing on day two of the Asian race series in Phuket cements overall leaders’ positions, though not without upsets

Friendship Beach, Phuket – Thai rider Narapichit “Yo” Pudla put in an almost faultless day’s work at the Kite Tour Asia (KTA) Christmas Race Special, blowing away the opposition in the raceboard class by convincingly winning all five races.

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But in the twin tip racing division, which has just achieved International Sailing Federation (ISAF) class recognition earning competitors the chance for International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) world ranking points, it was not such plain sailing for Pudla.

The 23-year-old had to share the honours with Doque Delos Santos (PHI), the reigning KTA Asian twin tip racing champion, splitting two bullets and two second places in each of the four races run on the track in Chalong Bay in fresh winds that topped 16kts early on before dropping to around 11kts.

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Kathrin Borgwardt (GER) was equally dominant on her raceboard in the three-day event, winning all five of the women’s races, which were staged with the men in a fleet totalling up to 16 riders.

For Borgwardt, based in Boracay, Philippines, the story her day on the twin tip all but mirrored that of Pudla. The German scored one bullet by virtue of a starting sequence infringement by Lisa Nikitina (UKR), who crossed the finish line first, only to find she had been disqualified.

Borgwardt took three other second places in the total of four races, giving up bullets to Nikitina, 23, and Benyapa “Fon” Jantawan (THA) in the breezy tropical conditions that moderated as the tide dropped and water grew shallow.

Jantawan, 29, had less luck in the raceboard class where she was disqualified in three of her five races, again for starting sequence infringements. She took two second places to the experienced German, but could not match her pace.

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Student Adrian Geislinger (AUT) has been learning a different lesson. He has been giving Pudla and Chanon “Jack” Phrakew (THA) a run for their money in the men’s formula raceboard class but hopes the final day of competition will bring further stronger conditions that he believes favour him over the lighter Thai riders.

But Geislinger, a 21-year-old from Vienna who has been in Thailand testing next season’s race kites for Gaastra, could still be satisfied with his haul of three second places, a third and a fourth over the day.

“I hope we definitely have some more strong winds for the last day,” he said. “I think that would help me keep my overall second place. The fact of the matter is that ‘Yo’ and ‘Jack’ are better in lighter winds.”

KTA Christmas Race Special results and standings – http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/result-and-ranking/kta-2013-thailand-phuket-xmas-race-rb/

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