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.
Polands Tomek Janiak (RRD) in the Masters category and Maks Zakowski (Temavento/Ozone) in the Youth category have taken the lead after 4 races in challenging conditions.
The Mistral winds showed up in time for first races of this years championship, with winds ranging from 15 knots for the first races to 23 knots in the later afternoon. Each of the three fleets completed their scheduled 4 races, with the masters being reseeded for day 2 of their qualifying series. The Youth Fleet is a racing a single opening series throughout Saturday, with 4 medal races scheduled for each fleet on Sunday.
While Tomek Janiak won all races in his flight, runner-up Wilson Veloso (BRA, ML/Ozone) was only able to score 3 bullets which will make up for an interesting challenge in the Final series, starting tomorrow.Pedro Garijo (ESP, ML/Ozone) is currently sitting in second place and will have to challenge Veloso in todays races.
In th Youth fleet both Zakowski and Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) took two bullets and are tied in first. In third place with a solid performance is Spaniard Florian Trittel (Temavento/Cabrinha).
As Men and Women race together at this event, best ranked women in the Masters Fleet is Ariane Imbert (FRA, North) in 10th position and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Temavento/ELF) in the youth fleet in 12th position after not having finished 1 race and being given redress for another one.
Racing continues on Thursday, 15 May with the first warning signal to be made at 12:00 hours.
Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014YMWorlds.pdf
The video of the day can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7j0U3EX2w&feature=youtu.be