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 – Big Action Kicks Off in Nitro City
Day 2 of the Kiteboard World Cup Panama started out early to take advantage of the strong morning winds. Stacked with young guns, tour rookies, and seasoned veterans alike, the first elimination round of the trials got underway at 8am in 11-13m kite conditions. As each competitor knew that they had to put it all together in their 7 minute heat to make it into the main event, the level of riding from the competitors was high and left many close heats, as riders pushed their hardest with hopes to make it into one of the remaining ten spots.
The biggest surprise of the qualifiers came from the young Carlos Mario who was not riding in top form. Although Mario landed some very technical tricks, his execution lacked power and amplitude and he did not move on into the main event. In the end it was some of the more seasoned tour veterans who advanced, as well as many of the strong Brazilian and Dominican riders including, Alesandre Neto, Evandro Da Silva, Felix Martinez, Robinson Hillario, and Nico Suriel.
With the anticipated mid-day lull in the wind, the opening ceremony took place in the early afternoon at Nitro City Actions Sports Resort restaurant, where the government officials and organizers christened the event and offered well wishes for the competitors for the upcoming week of competition.
After a nice break, competition began with big tricks, close heats, and impressive riding. Close heats between Mario Rodwald and Antoine Fermon left Rodwald advancing by .28 of a point and in the second round, and Reno Romeu inched ahead of Stephan Speissberger by .32.
Impressive riding from the first round had Robinson Hilario scored big points first against fellow country-man Nico Suriel and in the second round against Marc Jacobs, he beat the 2013 vice world champion with his powerful style exemplified in his S-Mobe, Front Blind Mobe and Blind Judge 5.
Big tricks were unleashed from Christophe Tack who scored the highest heat total of the day with some impressive toeside tricks, including a Crow Mobe 5 and Pete Rose 5, in addition to an exceptionally massive Blind Judge 7, which earned himself a total score of 38.74. Also noteworthy from today’s heats was Felix Martinez who impressed riders and judges with a very powered 313 and an eye-catching and creative one handed Front Blind Mobe.
Only one round of the women’s heats were completed, with a noteworthy performance from Annelous Lammerts. In the end, the day was full of exciting action, spectacular crashes and thrilling riding. Tomorrow kicks off early again with a 6:3
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