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.
Day 2 of the Formula Kite South/Middle American Championships could have been called "Groundhog Day" - very similar winds to day 1, sunshine and boardshort weather welcomed the sailors to the early riders briefing.
Another 4 races were completed for both men and women with Riccardo Leccese (ITA) taking all wins in the mens fleet and Katja Roose (NED) taking all wins in the womens fleet.
Best South/Middle American Sailors remain Beth Lygoe (LCA) in 3rd position and Wilson Veloso (BRA) in 5th position.
Standings after 8 races:
1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) 7 pts
2. Andrea Beverino (ITA) 19 pts
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 23 pts
1. Katja Roose (NED) 7 pts
2. Astrid Berz (SUI) 17 pts
3. Beth Lygoe (LCA) 19 pts
Racing continues until Saturday the 8th when the South and Middle American Champions will be crowned.
Event Video of Day 2: