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 Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup 2014 kicked off today with registration and an impressive opening ceremony that presented all of the registered riders by home country, in front of an enthusiastic crowd. In total, 116 riders representing 28 nationalities registered to compete.
Located on the expansive beaches of St. Peter-Ording, Germany, this event is undoubtedly considered the biggest and most well attended kiteboarding event to date. For the past eight years it has been known to deliver all the spectacular action and suspense that only a world-class event could. Over the course of the next ten days, riders will do battle in the disciplines of freestyle and slalom to compete for €47,000 in prize money.
In the freestyle division, former freestyle World Champion Youri Zoon (NL) is present after a two-event hiatus due to a knee injury, as well as Alberto Rondina, (IT) who has taken some time off from competition. Also present are last year’s winners Marc Jacobs (NZ) and Karolina Winkowska (PL) who are surely motivated to win for the second year in a row. Liam Whaley (ES) will also fight for a spot at the top, fresh off his win at the PKRA Fuerteventura and a recent second place finish in Egypt.
With slalom as the second discipline, the top riders on the planet are present and will showcase their skills and strive for top placements at this major event. Definitely, the top-ranked Julien Kerneur (FR), Ozzie Smith (SA) and Ariel Corniel (DR) along with and Bryan Lake (US) will offer up some of the most incredible racing action seen this year. Furthermore, female frontrunners Katja Roose (NL) and Bibiana Magaji (EE) and Eliska Parma (AT) are also in attendance, and plan to make a strong showing, while others will try to claim the top titles.
As in years past, this event in St Peter-Ording attracts thousands of kiting enthusiasts, industry members, and international media and press, as top riders and hungry up and comers face-off in this prestigious event. First on the competition schedule is the freestyle trials with fifty men competing for ten spots remaining in the main event. For the women, twelve girls will be battling for only five spots remaining.
Tomorrows forecast calls for wind in the morning ranging from 12-18 knots and dropping off throughout the day. The live broadcast will not cover the trials, but will begin from the main event on. For updates on broadcast start times and announcements regarding the 2014 PKRA Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup, stay tuned in to the PKRA Facebook page and Twitter Feed.
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