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.
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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 five from the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup saw slalom as the main focus with ideal conditions that held throughout most of the day. In side-shore winds and flatter water than the day prior, riders used their biggest boards and kites as winds ranged from seven to twelve knots. In total, three complete rounds of slalom were run, creating some movement in the current overall results.
A fleet of 40 competitors took part in the competition today and offered up quite a spectacle to the hoards of onlookers lining the beach. Onlookers were treated to a show as the inside buoys were placed right next to the shore. With a wide tidal range, the inside buoys were adjusted between rounds as the fluctuating tide and sand bar off the beach made tight lines around the marks crucial. Exciting displays of aggressive sailing were on hand throughout the day and dramatic drag races on the reaches between the marks proved to be the norm.
After finishing a total of five races for the event, riders are allowed one discard. In the men’s division, Brian Lake (US) was on fire and managed two bullets for the day. Out in front during race four, Lake crashed in the shallow water, costing him the win. Julien Kerneur (FR) was hungry after some frustrating races the day prior; however, he managed to climb up two spots and finish in second overall, after one discard which pushed Florian Gruber (DE) down to third place
In the women’s fleet, it was aggressive racing from the top women with Katja Roose (NL) and Annelous Lammerts (NL) maintaining their first and second positions respectively. Christine Boenniger had a solid day and managed to move up a spot, overtaking Bibiana Magaji (SK) to be seated in third-place. Only 0.3 points separate these top three ladies and each of them remain hell-bent on taking home the first place win.
The pressure is on for the slalom racers vying for the top positions as this talented fleet continues to show threats coming from the lower rungs. With four potential race days remaining in the event, and still, the main event freestyle competition yet to be run, each of the next rounds will weigh heavily for the overall results.
Conditions for tomorrow look favorable for more slalom in the morning. Riders will meet at 9 am for a meeting followed by a first possible start at 9:30. For updates on broadcast start times for the main event freestyle 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:Day 5 - Slalom Racing Brings Big Action in Germany