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.
SEATTLE, August 27th, 2013: On August 24th and 25th the firth stop on the KB4girls GLOBAL 2013 tour took kite mecca Cabarete by storm. An intimate gathering of 20 female kiteboarders from all around the world, the event turned out a great success and fun time for everyone involved.
Guided and coached by KB4girls founder and 9x World Champion Kristin Boese as well as pro-coaches Chelu Guardati and Nadine Merks the girls embarked on a weekend full of kiting and coaching in front of the famous LEK (Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding) center. All the participants showed their full commitment to face new challenges and learn new skills, impressing their coaches with newly learned jumps, backrolls, frontrolls and more.
On top of all the fun on the water the girls enjoyed beach games and stretching, a pool and cocktail party powered by Millenium Resort and Spa Cabarete and Grey Goose Vodka as well as a “White Dress” party at Emerald Beach Club.
A very special thanks goes to KB4girls Cabarete Chapter ambassadors Laurel Eastman and Audrey Meyer for making this event possible and for doing such a fabulous job with running the Chapter and Chapter Events throughout the season.
As part of the KB4girls Global Event in Cabarete the most improved riders were awarded and congratulations go to Mabreidy Martinez (DOM) Sandra Dirschl (GER), Lisa Lowe (USA). The Silke Gorld Spirit award for the most spirited lady in the event went to Cassidy Gammill (USA).
The KB4girls Global event in Cabarete/Dominican Republic was supported by: LEK and the entire LEK team, Dare to Fly, Laurel Eastman, Audrey Meyer, Chelu Guardati, Nadine Merks, Octavio Chaine, Meghan Maguire, Millenium Resort & Spa, Grey Goose Vodka, Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, Emerald Beach Club, DJ Christian Azar, Kite Club Café, Freo Joyas, Epic Cigars, Rogue Cabarete, Beach Box Boutique.
The KB4girls foundation is supported by Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, Tramontana Grafixx, Sportsfeatures.com and Baby-G and strongly encourages other brands to support their cause to empower females through the sport of kiteboarding.
Please find a facebook gallery with first pictures of the event here!