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To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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Formula Kite

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.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

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.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.

 
 

Youth Olympics

Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls born between 2000 and 2003.

Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

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.

 

Riders woke to still palms oily waters and thick hot air, it was the type of day that if you were a regular tourist you’d likely have taken a picture and posted it to all your friends back home. The calm didn’t continue for long however as at 10am (as forecast) the breeze kicked in from practically no where. Some riders were taken by surprise but all were rearing and ready to get in the water, cool down and get some heats finished.

The comp kicked off with the continuation of round two mens and womens single elimination ladders. With a slight adjustment of the competition box riders were blessed with really flat water, a great arena to throw their biggest tricks and show everyone that they are no-doubt the worlds best riders. 

The Womens ladder had a slight switch up again this event with Bruna Kajiya making a return to the 3rd place position, posting a very tight heat with Gisela Pulido and showing that she’s once again a force to be reckoned with. Bruna Suffered a Serious ACL injury in August last year and she’s just now starting to return to full fitness. A big surprise for most this event was the womens rookie Annelous Lammerts, she put on a series of hard fought heats between both Karolina Winkowska and Bruna Kajiya showing that her training this year has been paying off and that she too can keep up with the best of them. Lets see how she performs in the double elimination tomorrow and whether she can keep the ball rolling.

The Womens final was an all too familiar site with Karolina Winkowska from Poland coming up against Gisela Pulido from Spain. Both girls looked to be at home in the flat conditions with 313, Slim Chance and S-Bend to blind being common ground between the two. In the end it was to be Karolina Winkowskas day however riding a slightly more powered heat and winning by a margin of almost 4 points (30.76 vs 26.52). 

Competition was fierce on the mens side the Brazilians showed that in such conditions they truly are a force to be reckoned with. The young Carlos Mario really stepped his game up this event and propelled himself into the 4th place position narrowly being defeated by his elder countryman Eudazio Dasilva. Both men had a technical approach to the loosers final with Double Heart Attacks and Double Backside S-Mobes being common ground between the two, in the end though it was Dasilva that edged Mario out with his comp experience and slightly more powered approach to trick selection. 

The Mens final was an exciting one with both Alexandre Neto and Christophe Tack having a similar bag of tricks and the ability to put together a world class act. Both riders came out strong with massive Slim 540s’s, Crow Mobe 540’s and Front Blind Mobes making it almost impossible to pick who might actually be in the lead throughout most the heat. It was Tack however that brought it all home in the end with an impeccable Backside 315 and a KGB 540 that looked like it would be hard to beat. Neto answered back however with a Backside 315 and KGB 540 of his own but it just wasn’t enough to bring him back. Tack took the final out with an impressive heat total of (37.7 vs 33.21) and a single trick score for a KGB 540 of (8.4). All four men appeared really stoked to be together on the podium and it will be interesting to see whether this line up will hold fast in the double elimination.

Tomorrows forecast calls for strong wind from the early morning giving us a great chance to finish the double elimination. With a first possible start at 9am make sure you up early to catch all the action!

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Speed

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Park

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