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 and final day of the Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam wrapped up today with the completion of the freestyle double elimination that saw Liam Whaley (ES) and Gisela Pulido (ES) sweeping the top podium spots in Spanish waters and in front of a home crowd. Earning his first top podium spot ever, Whaley held off the current point leader, Christophe Tack (BE), to retain his first place finish in the single elimination.
In a spectacular final for the women, Pulido managed to climb from her second place position in the singles to beat out Karolina Winkowska (PL) by less than a point, forcing a super-final, where Pulido would win once again in an exciting finale. “Winning in Spain is awesome because I feel the support of the people cheering for me on the beach. I just couldn’t believe that I won twice over Karolina - that just means a lot for me and my mind. After coming second so many times, you lose confidence, so it gives me a lot of motivation,” commented Pulido.
Freestyle highlights proved to be some very close heats, including the heat that pitted Aaron Hadlow against Tack, where Tack won by .09. Commenting on the heat, PKRA judge Ian Sleuyter remarked, “Christophe and Aaron share similar styles, both throw down very big tricks with high technical difficulty, sometime luck comes into play, the heat could have gone either way.”
Following the freestyle competition, two more rounds of slalom racing were run in 17- 25 knots of wind. In the women’s fleet, Annelous Lammerts (NL) earned a first and a sixth place finish, giving her the results needed to take over the first place spot from Bibiana Magaji (SK). Manuela Jungo (CH) managed to climb into the third position by stealing the win in the last race of the day, pushing local favorite Julia Castro (ES) into the fourth place.
The men’s fleet saw no movement in the top three with Julien Kerneur (FR) and Ozzie Smith (SA) holding on to first and second respectively, despite a win for Smith and poor results from Kerneur. Paul Serin (FR) held on to third as well, and strong finishes from Maxi Gomez (ES) advanced him to the forth place spot.
Overall, the Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam proved to be a giant success with many close and amazing on-water battles throughout the week. In true Fuerteventura style, we saw a variety of conditions, which challenged the riders on all levels and allowed for copious amounts of exciting kiteboarding action for the fans and spectators, both on the beach and online. As the deserving champions were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony, the 13th running of the PKRA Fuerteventura Grand Slam came to a close with great triumph.
If you missed it live, you can watch the replay of the live stream of the freestyle and slalom action. Follow the PKRA World Tour as we continue on for the 2014 season. Stay up to date with all the lastest news, event info and updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
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