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 sixth day of the 2014 PKRA Junior World's provided no more wind than the day prior, forcing riders to conjure up alternative ways to spend the day. This seems to be one trick that the young crew of competitors has locked down.
Following a morning workshop on the topics of coaching, training and nutrition featuring pro-rider Patrick Blanc, the riders settled in at the beach with their gear ready. As the juniors remained on wind-hold throughout the afternoon, many enjoyed the increasing swell by surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. At times, there was quite a large soccer match with riders, staff and even parents in the mix.
With a light, but steady onshore breeze, several riders pulled out the biggest kites that they could find for some rides back and forth on surf boards and SUPs, and foil boards. At 5:00pm, the wind bumped up a couple knots and the riders managed to get some upwind tacks on their twin-tips.
Soon after, the announcement was made and the red flag went up, signaling the start of the heat sequence. After a few minutes of heat #27, the wind backed off and the heat was abandoned. Later, one more attempt to run a heat was made, but that too was abandoned. Riders were then released as it was clear that the wind was not going to improve.
Tomorrow is the final day of the event, and with only two hours worth of competition left to finish the doubles, hopes are high for the afternoon thermal breeze to determine the champions in the remaining age groups 12-14 and 14-16. Riders will meet at 10am for the last workshop on the topics of judging methods and criteria, hosted by head judge Sami Gali and members of the PKRA judging staff.
Special thanks to our industry partners that contributed support for this event: Airush, Best, Fone, North, Ozone and Slingshot.
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