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.
Freestlye kiters, Formula,and Twin Tip racers warm up on first day of KTA Philippines, back for fifth successive season
Bulabog Beach, Boracay – The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) kicked off its season finale on the Philippines island of Boracay as top international kiters from all over the globe gathered for four days off what promises to be tough competition.
Almost 80 riders assembled for the third stop of the tour on the stunning turquoise waters off palm-fringed Bulabog Beach, with strong winds predicted to build as the contest reaches its climax on Sunday.
The 2013-14 season wrap-up on Bulabog Beach will see Asian champions crowned in freestyle, Formula kite and Twin Tip racing classes, which are open to all competitors from around the world.
The KTA Philippines Boracay Extreme, with Blue Orange Ville as the presenting sponsor and Aqua Boracay by Yoo as host, is returning for its fifth successive season at one of the most popular kiting destinations in Asia.
Riders who showed up early to practice in the strong winds and flat waters inside the reef relaxed ahead of the competition with sunset drinks at Boracay’s renowned cliff-side Spider House resort before the opening party at Kasbah bar and restaurant on White Beach.
Some the women competitors had already attended a Girls on Fire kite camp hosted by Philippines’ pro-rider Paula Rosales to hone their skills for the competition.
The island’s youngest rippers had also benefited from four days of freestyle and racing coaching by another Boracay-based rider, Kathrin Borgwardt, from Germany, who staged another successful KTA Kite Kids’ camp.
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