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.
Bas Koole, professional Kiteboarder from the Netherlands, will be the Head Judge for the Kitesurf Tour Europe 2014 again.
Great news for the Judge Crew. Bas Koole will be the Head Judge for Freestyle in 2014 again. He will be responsible to choose and guide the 6 Freestyle Judges. He will be responsible to update rider with news and important information regarding the competition. If there are any questions about Freestyle please contact us and we will forward your request to Bas.
A few questions which Bas answered for us:
KTE: What do the judges want to see this year during the freestyle competition?
Bas: We’re still looking for technical difficulty. Tricks done with the kite low, coming in the trick with speed and coming out the trick with speed. It would also be great to see more kicker orientated tricks, to show variety during the heat.
KTE: How can a rider prepare himself for the heat? Last year we had some rider missing their heat or misunderstanding the system.
Bas: Read the contest instructions and know your flags! Be in time during the skippers meeting, listen and ask questions at the end of the skippers meeting.
KTE: What is your job as a Head Judge?
Bas: My job as a head judge is to keep all judges in one line and to make sure everybody stays focused during the event. Off course I’m also there to explain the riders why they lost or won, this can be done after the heat.
KTE: 4. How many tricks will count during this heat for this year?
Bas: We keep the same rules as the PKRA, because you should see the KTE as a learning proces for future PKRA riders, so 12 attempts, best 5 counts.
KTE: Any advices for the rider?
Bas: Put your watch around you wrist and go and train your ass off!
Watch the following video : Bas against World Champion Alex Pastor ;)
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