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.
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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.
Day 4 at the PKRA Freestyle Junior World Championships saw the continuation of the boy’s and girl’s double eliminations. The final rounds for the age categories boy’s under 12 and girl’s under 13 were run, and the youngest world champions were decided.
The day began with plans to get started early after a promising forecast predicted morning winds from the southeast. As the wind was not cooperating as planned, the remaining competitors welcomed the extra time as an opportunity to focus on preparing their gear and strategy for the heats to come. By 1:00 the wind turned on and competitors hit the water to test the conditions. Soon after, the wind filled in quickly and the competition resumed for the day.
The girl’s under 13 age group were the first to hit the water for their third and last final. Showing their best skills, the three young ladies seemed to be having as much fun in the water as the parents and crowd were having on the beach watching them. The young riders were clearly pushing themselves, amping on the thrill of competition and the screams and whistles from the beach. In the end it was Claudia Leon (ES) with her aggressive riding, taking home the win and title of PKRA Freestyle Junior World Champion for her category.
Next up was the last final of the boy’s age group under 12. The battle for 2nd and 3rd was still up in the air and Francisco Piero, Joan Mir, and Karim Mahmoud went head to head in the 3-man heat. Piero managed to beat out Mir for the second place spot earning the second place spot. Karim Mahmoud (EG), who had already had two first place finishes, sealed the title in round 3 due so his consistent riding and solid unhooked tricks. Mahmoud went out pushing his competitors to a higher level and won his third and final heat of the event confirming the title of PKRA Freestyle Junior World Champion in the under 12 division.
With 3 world champions already crowned for the event, the jury is still out on for boy’s 12-14 and boy’s 14-16 divisions. As the focus shifted to the older juniors, the action seemed to continue non-stop, as the level of riding in these two brackets was nothing short of impressive. Despite the winds shifting at times and becoming quite gusty resulting in a few heats to be abandoned, it remained in the 18-22 knot range for the older boys throughout most of the afternoon.
Notable riding in the boy’s 14-16 division came from Inaki Gainza. His opponents challenged him in some close heats, but his solid execution and power in his tricks allowed him to climb his way up from the first round, and winning three heats total for the day.
For the boy’s age group 12-14, the difference in the level of riding from the older juniors is oftentimes blurred. In one of the last heats of the day, Maxime Chabloz had very close heat against Nino Liboni who rode strong and with power landing some big moves. However, Chabloz rode strongly as well, and managed to come out on top due to his landing a wider variety of technical tricks.
While the top finishers from the single elimination are waiting comfortably for their heats, the boys working their way up the ladder are hungry for their chance to climb higher. Tomorrow is forecast for winds to build in the afternoon from the same direction. Riders will meet for a clinic at 10:00 featuring Pro-rider Sebastian Garat to cover the topics of competition strategy and training tips.
Special thanks to our industry partners that contributed support for this event: Airush, Best, Fone, North, Ozone and Slingshot. Stay posted toFacebook and Twitter feeds for start times, updates, and all the latest info from the PKRA World Tour.
Congratulations to our 2014 Junior Freestyle World Champions!
2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Boy’s age category Under 12)
2014 PKRA Freestyle World Champion (Girl’s age category Under 13)
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