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.
2014 will see the inaugural KiteFoil GoldCup, with 4 events on 3 continents.
The tour will be kicked off from March 13 to 17 in La Ventana, Mexico where riders can collect the first 100 points for the GoldCup rankings and their share of 10000 USD prize money.
Second stop will be at Silvaplana Lake in Switzerland as part of the famous Engadinwind from August 11-14, right before the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships in Istanbul.
Leg three will see the riders heading to Townsville, Australia for the pinnacle event of this years tour, offering 200 points and 20000 AUD prize money. Event dates are September 25 to October 2.
The final leg will then lead to the birthplace of foilboarding, where the tour will conclude in Gruissan from October 16 to 19.
The Notice of race for each individual event will be published soon, however the registration is now already open for the kick-off event in La Ventana, Mexico.
Please visit www.kitefoilgoldcup.com for registration and more details.