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.
Freestyler dominating day 2 of the KTE ItalIn the morning we started again with the Skippersmeeting at 10 am. The wind was already stronger than the day before, so that we were able to start with Formula Racing at 11 am. Race Director Markus Schwendtner decided to start the day with three races and keep an eye on the increasing wind. Olly once again dominated the races winning 2 of the 3 races, and coming a close 2nd in the final race, due to hitting a plastic bag in the water just 10m from the line.
At around 1 pm we started the Single Elimination of the European Championships in Freestyle 2014 straight after the third race was finished. The Freestyle Crew were well prepared and able to start with the first men heat Garofalo v Fidenzi and Coccoluto v Ragazzoni. The level of the Italian competitors is really high. Also they were really well prepared for the light wind conditions as showing great freestyle moves the past days on 13.5 and 17 qm kites. Current Italian Champion in Freestyle, Garofalo advanced into the next round and was meeting Rens van der Schoot from the Netherlands. Also Coccoluto advanced into the next round and needed to ride against Sander Bos. Jan Novotny from the Czech Republic showed his skills against Danish Nikolaj Holmund and advanced into the next round where he met current European Champion Mario Rodwald from Germany. World Champion in Formula Racing, Florian Gruber, is also competing in the Freestyle Division, but got kicked out from Dylan van der Meij who advanced into the Semi Final where he met Mario Rodwald. With great tricks like KGB5, Front Mobe 5 Mario was able to make the finals. Yet Dylan van der Meij has his Low Mobes down like nobody else in this competition, giving the crowd and the judges something to cheer about.
In the girls division the Italian Rider Francesca Bagnoli made it to the final against Paula Novotna, who is back on the water after recovering from knee injury. She proved that the girls have also increased their level of riding showing the first ever Low Mobe in the KTE. Bagnoli also showed nice tricks like smobes, back to blind and so on but in the end it was Paula Novotna who took the win over Bagnoli. Coming in close 3rd and 4th position, Rosanna Jury and Noussa Denkler fought it out in the loosers final, with Jury narrowly taking the win.
All in all, it was a very successful day for both the freestyle and the racing, and the riders can all look forward to a large party down on the beach tonight with 10000 people expected in attendance.
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