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 lists with boards and kites eligibly from 22 June 2014 have been published today.
Six new hull models and two continued models have been registered as well as ten new kite models, including two foil kites.
All equipment will be eligible from the African Championships in Soma Bay onwards.
The board registration lists contains detailed public measurement data to allow sailors to check for compliance of their equipment with the class rules. A guideline how to take these measurements will be published in the next days on the class website (Racing Section -> Equipment). The corresponding data for kites has not been completely entered into the class measurers database yet, and the equipment list will be updated with the public measurement data as soon as possible.
The complete list of registered boards can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/equipment/registered-boards-class-legal-formula-kite-boards
The complete list of registered kites can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/equipment/registered-kites-class-legal-racing-kites