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Our Vision

To grow, evolve and promote the sport of kiteboarding across the globe and across all disciplines.

 

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Formula Kite

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.

 
 

KiteFoil GoldCup

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.

 
 

Slalom

Slalom on TT:R (TwinTip boards) has been selected as the discipline and equipment for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.

The focus of this high-octane discipline is on equipment handling and technique and includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacels to jump.

 
 

Expression

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".

World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.

 
 

Youth Olympics

Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls born between 2000 and 2003.

Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.

 
 

Olympic and Regional Games

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.

 

Day one of the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup – the largest and most well attended PKRA tour stop of the year - saw offshore winds ranging from 6-14 knots that persisted throughout most of the day. Although the winds were contestable at times, the offshore direction made them quite unstable. First round freestyle trials heats got underway with riders using their largest kites; however, only one heat was run through to completion, as the wind quickly dropped and forced the abandonment of heats. 

With wind forecast strongest for the morning hours, riders showed up to the beach early for a 7:30 am riders meeting. Under sunny skies and warm temperatures, the competitors were excited for the wind to increase as they eagerly prepared their gear. Soon after 10 am, the wind came up enough to lure some of the riders to the water. After some success from riders staying up wind and managing to land a variety of tricks, others struggled in the unstable conditions, requiring jet-ski assistance at times to make it back to the beach.

Enticing puffs pushed through the contest area at times, and as such, riders were kept on hold throughout the day. At 4:00 pm the decision was made to release everyone for the day as it was clear that the expected morning wind would not materialize. 

In spite of the lack of competition, the beach and event village was packed with thousands of people enjoying the many things on offer in the event village. Made up of lounge and relaxation areas, multiple bars and activity areas, the Think Blue Village has something for everyone. With the main stage DJs setting the tone, competitors and spectators alike strolled the food carts and vendors, including kite, surf, and clothing companies, while others swam, stand-up paddle-boarded and enjoyed what was nothing short of a beautiful day at the beach.

As has been the case in previous years, St. Peter Ording can see a myriad of conditions during this time of the year and the forecast can be tricky to predict, often changing quickly. Tomorrow’s forecast is for side onshore wind up to 12 knots.  Hopes are high for improving conditions throughout the week. Riders will meet at 10:30 am for a first possible start at 11 am. 

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.

Read original article: PKRA News:Light Winds Start the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup

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