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.
Day five of the Mondial Du Vent saw the continuation of the double elimination in Leucate, France, in winds that built throughout the day.
It was another beautiful day in France set against the backdrop of the village of La Franqui, and riders were hungry for the chance to advance. As hopeful competitors entered the water at 1pm, the wind was registered at 20-28 knots and riders starting on 7-9m kites.
Resuming in the men’s first round, the action continued - landing three French riders in the second round, much to the delight of the fans on the beach cheering for their home countrymen. In the fifth heat of the day, Frenchman Paul Serin rode against Sergie Borisov. In a close battle the fight came down to the final minute, when Borisov landed a Front Blind, which put him shy of the win by .22 points.
Fellow French rider Valentin Garat made it to the third round but faltered in his heat against Alexander Neto, putting the Brazilian up against Stefen Speissberger in round three and Neto taking the win. As the day went on, the wind continued to build to 30 knots with higher gusts demanding that riders use all their skills to land their tricks on their smallest kites.
The strong conditions proved challenging for all riders including big wind enthusiast Youri Zoon. However, Zoon was able to come out on top and advanced past Robinson Hilario, Eudazio Da Silva and later, Mario Rodwald in the last men’s heat of the day. Although Rodwald had a strong start to his heat with a nice Front Blind and Back Mobe, he faltered in the strong winds and Zoon advanced.
The women’s ladder saw a big upset for Bruna Kajiya who did not ride to form in her heat against Kristiin Oja. Kajiya’s Blind Judge and 313 scored well, but she was unable to land any other big tricks. In the end, a big S1 and Mobe from Oja, amongst others, put her in the lead for the win. Also notable, was Annabel Van Westerop who edged out Switala and Vieira in the first two rounds respectively.
Tomorrow is the last day of the competition in Leucate, France. Final rounds will be run tomorrow as a promising forecast continues. Riders will meet a 12:30 pm with a first possible start at 1pm. The Mondial Du Vent PKRA Awards ceremony will commence at 4:30 pm. Stay tuned to the Facebook and Twitter feeds for start times, updates, and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour. Watch the livestream of the Mondial Du Vent.
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