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.
2013 was quite a year for the KTA which saw us running 7 successful international competitions everywhere from Asia to Oceania and from national to World Championship level.
2013 was also the year of the kids with our partnership with KTA Race Champion Kathrin Borgwardt bringing KTA Kite Kids courses to hundreds of kids across the region and further. Plus who can forget the first full blown kids kite race at the Philippines round of the Asia Tour that saw 11 young riders from the ages of 11 yrs. upwards battle it out over 2 days on the waters of Boracay.
2013 was of course very much the year of ‘race’ not least with the afore mentioned Course Race World Championships coming to Asia for the first time, but also for the successful recognition of the TT class by ISAF following the KTA campaign and the opening of the KTA Race Centre project which now boasts race centres in 6 countries.
So then to 2014 and the fast approaching KTA Indonesia round of the 13/14 season’s Asia Tour Its looking like a another great year on the cards with the Asian kiting scene growing everywhere you look
So, there has never been a better time to get involved with the sport and the KTA. So come on all you brands, companies and forward thinking sponsors this is the year to join the kiting revolution and grab the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, exciting new market!
Exciting times indeed and for the KTA 2014 is also opening a new door as this weekend see the official opening of its newest venture into the world of cable riding and the first of the new breed of kite cables that is changing the rules for both kiters and wake riders. Not something to miss then so change all your plans for the weekend and head over to the Pranburi Kite Cable opening party in well Pranburi of course and become part of the family.
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