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.
Tel Aviv, June 7th 2013: From June 5 to 7, 2013 the second stop on the 2013 KB4girls GLOBAL event schedule took place in Eilat/Israel. Hosted by the KB4girls Chapter in Israel and ambassadors Shalhevet Segal and Orit Baron (5th place in last years KB4girls Chapter Challenge) the event brought together 36 girls from all over Israel.
The holy land blessed the participating girls and women with bible like conditions. On 2 of the 3 event days the wind was blowing with a steady 20-23 knots, delivering perfect training conditions and giving the female kiters the chance to learn some new tricks and tips from 9x World Champions Kristin Boese and pro-coach Ofir Belo. Beginner girls were given the chance to take lessons with the “Surf Center Eilat” and enjoyed their learning experience as much as the advanced girls and women.
rider: Tal Navarro
A trip on board the “Sea Shell” as well as evening activities at “Casa de Brazil” and the “Dolphin Reef” did not allow for a dull moment and made sure that the ladies truly enjoyed the entire 3 days of the event.
After a successful and really fun event KB4girls founder and president Kristin Boese said: “Coming to a small country like Israel and seeing so many kite girls getting together is special in its own. Seeing what an incredible job our chapter ambassadors Shalhevet Segal and Orit Baron are doing here is even better. It was a fantastic event with amazing girls and I congratulate our KB4girls Chapter in Israel on achieving so much in their short time of existence.”
Orit Baron, KB4girls ambassador had the following to say: “I remember when I first started to kite and I needed help, there was nobody to give me any. I ended up going to the KB4girls event in Turkey 2 years ago with my friend Shalhevet Segal and we found the help and support we had both been looking for through the foundation. At that moment we knew we had to bring KB4girls to Israel and launched a chapter here.”
Baron continues: “This was the 3rd event we organized since we started the KB4girls chapter in Israel. By now there is a core group of females joining in for every event and a bunch of new faces joining in each time. The most amazing thing is that more and more girls are getting into sport here and I think the number of female kiters in Israel has almost doubled by now. It is a great experience to be part of this movement.”
rider: Shalhevet Segal
With a raffle amongst the participants and volunteers the event raised 1450 Shekel for First Hug, an Israeli association that rovides hospitalised abandoned babies with human touch, emotional contact, warmth and love.
A big thanks goes to ambassadors Shalhevet Segal & Orit Baron, coach Ofir Belo, photographers Uri Richter, Tomer Avni, Boaz Samorai & Rotem, the Surf Center Eilat, Laguna, Kitestore, Yamit, “Meofefay hayam”, Zazik and BG.
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.
High resolution photos of the 2013 KB4Girls Global Event in Israel are available at:
The 2013 KB4girls GLOBAL events schedule reads as follows:
February 15 to 16, 2013 – Mui Ne, Vietnam
June 5 to 6, 2013 – Eilat, Israel
August 17 to 18, 2013 – Lancing, UK
August 24 to 25, 2013 – Cabarete, Dominican Republic
October (date TBC) – Baja, Mexico
KB4girls stands for “Kite Boarding” 4 girls as well as “Kristin Boese” 4 girls and was established by 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin with the goal to empowers females through the sport of kiteboarding. While KB4girls GLOBAL clinic events give female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun and motivating experience and to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level, the KB4girls CHAPTERs connect females on a more local level through their social events that help build strong female kite communities around the world.