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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
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.
Day 1 of the Formula Kite South and Middle American Championships saw ideal racing conditions with winds averaging 16 knots in crystal blue caribbean waters.
4 races were completed for both men and women with Riccardo Leccese (ITA) taking all wins in the mens fleet and Katja Roose (NED) having an almost perfect score with 3 out of 4 wins.
Best South/Middle American Sailors are Beth Lygoe (LCA) in 4th position and Wilson Veloso (BRA) in 5th position.
Standings after 4 races:
1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) 4 pts
2. Maks Zakowski (POL) 11 pts
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 11 pts
1. Katja Roose (NED) 6 pts
2. Astrid Berz (SUI) 11 pts
3. Aga Grzymska (POL) 13 pts
Racing continues until Saturday the 8th when the South and Middle American Champions will be crowned.