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 second day of the 2014 Surf World Cup in Podersdorf was a lay day and did not provide enough wind for slalom racing, but gave riders the opportunity to take advantage of alternative ways to spend the day. As competitors were kept on wind hold throughout the morning and afternoon, many enjoyed the warm weather, caught up with friends or spent the time tuning their gear.
The spectators on-hand were not dismayed at all by the lack of wind and thoroughly enjoyed the warm temps and the multitude of activities available surrounding the venue.
The beach lifestyle was the dominant theme throughout the event village offering beach volleyball courts, a skate park, play areas for the kids, and numerous lounges, bars and restaurants from which to relax, watch the action, and enjoy the day. With a sandy beach area and plenty of sun, many people were sunbathing, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming in Lake Neusiedl.
After the announcement that riders were released for the day, the competitors were invited on the stage and presented one by one to the thousands of onlookers and fans. Applause and big cheers for all welcomed the competitors, whose smiles reflected their anticipation of the coming days races.
A number of top PKRA freestyle riders are also present to here in Austria and will do an an exhibition in between the slalom action. On hand are Alex Neto, Ariel Corniel, Mario Rodwand and the Austrians, Michael Schitzhofer, and Stefan Spiessberger.
Yesterday, two races were run and offered riders and spectators a taste of what is to come. In the following days, the PKRA Surf World Cup should see the return of strong winds. The forecast for tomorrow is favorable, with winds building to 20 knots from the northwesterly direction, and continuing through the remainder of the weekend. Riders will meet at 9:30 am with a first possible start at 10 am. Follow the PKRA Tour on Facebook and Twitter feeds for all the latest updates, happings, and event info.
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