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.
Freestyle kiteboarders and racers warm up on first day KTA 2014 season opener on Indonesian’s Bintan island Trikora Beach Km52, Bintan – The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) kicked off its 2014 with a colourful cultural opening ceremony on Bintan with traditional Indonesian music and dancing. It is the second successive year that the contest set to take place over five days has been hosted by Bintan, and Trikora Beach Km52 appears set for another exhilarating competition of formula kiteboard and twin-tip racing, and freestyle. Some of the top athletes from around the world and across Asia have gathered to do battle in what will likely be challenging conditions if the first day’s winds of more than 20kts complimented by the reef-break and rolling swell are anything to go by. The riders tested the conditions warming up with spectacular tricks as the kiteboard racers flashed across the bay in choppy and gusty conditions to the unalloyed delight of the Indonesian school children and officials who had attended the opening ceremony. The ceremony for the event, with Bintan Regency as the presenting sponsors supported by the Bintan Tourism Department and the Agro Beach Resort, was graced by traditional dancers and musicians in spectacular costumes. David Chen, KTA’s event director, was invited to open the proceedings and proceeded to thank Bintan for supporting the event in the form of officials from the Regency, the tourism department and the resort, as well as representatives from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). “This is our second time in this location; this time at Km52,” said Chen. “As always here, we have the best weather, the best wind and the best location. After all the international media attention [last year] we are now seeing more and more riders coming to this location because they are realising just how beautiful it is.” The KTA Indonesia was then formally opened by Mr Ansar Ahmad the Vice-regent of Bintan by him personally launching a kite. Kiting has a long history in Indonesia and Mr Ansar showed that this flying skill was in the blood of every Indonesian. But the conditions and the environment threw up some unexpected challenges and a few minor injuries, with formula kiteboard racer Bitna Kim (KOR) hit by a flying-fish as she was practising and twin-tip racers Jay Ortiz (PHI) suffering a shredded kite and cuts when he was dragged over rocks near the reef after dropping his kite in a wind shift. The coming days’ competition promises to be intriguing.
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