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.
Christophe Tack and Karolina Winkowska took the top spots in the double elimination today with a near perfect heat by Tack, and Winkowska upsetting Pulido in a super-final.
Under sunny skies and warm spring like conditions, the final day of the PKRA Mondial Du Vent kicked at 1pm in front of a spectator packed beach in Leucate, France. The winds averaged 16 knots and riders were using 7-11m kites as the wind slowly built to 20 knots later in the day. Given the lighter winds, the conditions were ideal for riders and they were able to land more consistently leading to big action and suspense-filled heats throughout the day.
Alex Neto rode strong advancing over Youri Zoon and Reno Romeu. Neto unleashed a variety of powerful tricks including the Crow Mobe 5 and Blind Judge 5, proving that he is strong contender for the podium. However, Neto’s climb was put to a stop in his heat against Marc Jacobs. Although the riders scores were very close, Jacob’s high scoring Hinterberger Mobe and Front Blind Mobe put him into the next heat against former World Champion Aaron Hadlow. Despite high scoring heats from both riders, it was Jacobs advancing by .26 of a point.
In what was undoubtedly the best performance of the entire event, Christophe Tack executed a flawless heat against Jacobs to win the final in front of thousands of spectators. Starting off strong, Tack never waivered for a second and landed an amazing arsenal of powered technical maneuvers for a total of 11 tricks landed without a single crash. Not one trick scored below a 6.11. In the final heat, Tack landed a Crow Mobe 5, Front Blind Mobe, and an impressive 317 that was the highest scoring trick of the event averaging 8.63 points.
The women’s level was exceptionally high today as well. Manuela Jungo earned her first spot on the podium by upsetting Annabel Van Westerop in a close heat. While both women had high scores, it was Jungo advancing by .78 of a point with an impressive Mobe and S1. Jungo later would fight for 2nd and 3rd place against Karolina Winkowska with Winkowska taking the win.
Pitted against the winner of the single elimination Gisela Pulido, Winkowska narrowly took the win by .70 points. In accordance with the double elimination format, the winner of the single elimination must be beat twice to be knocked off the top spot. In what is known as a super-final, Winkowska went up against Pulido again. In a battle that left both women exhausted and the crowds on the beach cheering, Winkowska took the win by 3.34 points ousting Pulido from first place.
Following the action, an awards ceremony was held in the event village to crown the winners of the event. In front of thousands of spectators and online livestream viewers, the champions were crowned in an emotional end to an amazing week of kiteboarding action from the 18th Mondial Du Vent. Follow the PKRA Tour on Facebook and Twitter feeds for all the latest info, happings, and event info.
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