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.
The top spots on the podium were up for grabs today as an intense day of action began promptly at 7:00 am and carried on throughout the afternoon in light onshore winds. Despite the challenging conditions characterized by frequent lulls in wind speed, the anticipation was high as the forecast looked promising to finish the singles and get the double elimination under way.
Close heats and outstanding performances highlighted the day’s action, while a few surprising upsets reinforced how talented the Dominican and Brazilian competitors really are. With their sights set on the world title, this event serves as their first opportunity to see exactly where they stand and determine how challenging competition will be in 2014.
The tenacious Robinson Hilario from the Dominican Republic continued his march up the ladder beating Alberto Rondina and finally ousting Aaron Hadlow in a nail-biter of a heat by .36 of a points for a 3rd place finish. This comes after Hilario’s 2-year hiatus from the PKRA tour.
Making the run all the way to the winner’s final was Alex Neto, who earned his first ever PKRA podium spot by beating out Mario Rodwald and Aaron Hadlow, which landed him in the finals. Unfortunately for Neto, his momentum was finally broken by a determined Christophe Tack. Tack’s massive S-Mobe 5, Front Blind Mobe, and Blind Judge 5, among others, were no match for the young Brazilian who faltered in the final - giving the first place podium spot to the deserving Belgian rider.
In the women’s bracket, Bruna Kajiya rode strongly all the way to the finals and proved that she is back in fighting form after suffering an ACL injury last summer. Her downfall eventually came in her matchup against the determined Karolina Winkowska, who wowed the judges in her final heat, landing the first ever KGB done in competition by a female. Karolina’s powerful riding and big tricks, including a high scoring Back Mobe and S-Mobe, earned her an overall heat score of 35.04 pts - the highest scoring women’s heat thus far in the event.
After a short break for the ladder draw, the double eliminations got underway with the hopes that the winds would build throughout the afternoon hours as it had done in the days prior. Eventually, after making it through one round of women’s heats and 2 rounds of men’s, the event was called for the day as the wind dropped and sun dipped below the horizon. This wrapped up a spectacular day of world cup kiteboarding on the shores of Punta Chame, Panama.
Tomorrow’s forecast looks promising to resume the double elimination in the afternoon. The rider’s meeting for tomorrow is set for 1:30pm with a first possible start at 2:00 pm.
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