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.
There has been a lot of discussion about the future of the wave discipline and especially about the coveted world title.
To give the discipline a new drive it has been decided that the world championship title will be awarded to the leader of the IKA wave world ranking at the end of the year, subject to conditions laid out below.
We believe that going this step is in the best interest of you, the riders, to prove yourself on the water sooner and more often while maintaining the quality aspects developed over the past few years.
Here are the conditions for the future wave world ranking and titles:
We encourage PKRA, KSP and any independent event organizer to get in touch with us to bring more wave events to the calender.
For questions and enquiries please contact the IKA office.