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 previous nights festivities may have had an impact on the performance of many today as one of the biggest parties in Southern Italy was held at Hang Loose beach with over 2000 people present.
But today was race day and it was time for competitors to focus mind and body on the challenges ahead.
The Course racing division was first to hit the water and the wind caught everyone out with the majority of the fleet being overpowered by the big kites as the breeze reached over 18 knots. Taking advantage of this was Italian Ricardo Leccese who scored his first bullet and gained a clear lead over Germany’s Gruber. Despite not finishing his first race, Bridge came back strong in the second and secured another bullet that kept him in the lead.
With the wind blowing hard there was no time to waste and the Freestyle competition quickly got underway. The double elimination round would give the riders a second chance to claim the European title and with today’s gusty weather it wasn’t an easy task. Crashes and tight battles were on the menu today.. In the womens race it was once again a final between Czech Rupublic’s Novotna and local rider Bagnoli. Novotna proved her superiority and defended her European title, easily winning today’s heat.
In the mens race things were not so easy for Italian Coccoluto, as defending European Champion Rodwald from Germany came back hard today won the second elimination round giving him a second shot at the title in a super final that followed. As predicted in the womens final Mario Rodwald was crowned European Champion for another year.
Races continued for twin tip and Course racing divisions right after the freestyle finals concluding a full days racing here in Gizzeria at Hang Loose Beach. The Finals for these two divisions will take place tomorrow so stay tuned to find out the winners!
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