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.
Foilboarding is conquering new enthusiasts. Some say it’s the fastest growing class in kiteboarding, some say it’s hasn’t future. So, what’s good and bad in the hydrofoil design?
Foilboarding, kite foiling, hydrofoil kiteboarding, foil kiteboarding. Actually, you can call it many names, but it all leads to the same discipline. Riding a kite with a hydrofoil board under your feet.
Hydrofoils have been used on different watercraft since 1906, when Enrico Forlanini, an Italian inventor, introduced the first foil design in a boat.
In the early 1960′s, Walter Woodward, an aeronautical engineer from Upper Newton Falls, Massachusetts, developed the first waterski hydrofoil. It looked cool and futuristic.
In 1972, Mike Murphy and Bud Holst developed the kneeboard for water skiing. The concept was improved in detail over the next couple of decades, until Mike Mack’s own “Mackstrap” saw the light of day. It was a heel strap used on a hydrofoil slalom ski, similar to the modern units.
Surfers rode big waves with a foilboard, windsurfers tested it in speed channels, and kiteboarders are getting hydrofoils popular in the market. So…
What makes foilboarding a great opportunity for the development of kiteboarding?
1. Speed matters; foil kiteboards are faster than all other kite boards because they have less drag.
2. No more bumps; sailors can ride above the waves and the bumpy water surface, and so they won’t feel the impact of rough waters.
3. Less physical effort; sailors feel a “light” ride with a hydrofoil under their feet.
4. Angle higher into the wind; the hydrofoil’s underwater skills are smarter than the traditional board.
5. Turn faster; the hydrofoil blade “cuts” the water for you.
6. Media-friendly innovation; the futuristic look attracts cameras and spectators.
7. Great for light winds;
Why is foilboarding considered a no-future kiteboarding class?
1. The danger factor; you don’t want to be hit by a hydrofoil whether you’re riding sharp razors or light carbon.
2. Not a Freestyle and Wave toy; the hydrofoil is not suited for innovative tricks and wave face cutbacks.
3. Not handy; it’s not easier to travel with a foil kite board.
4. Price; foilboarding is still more expensive than the traditional kiteboarding disciplines.
5. Shock sensitivity; kelp, fishes and plastic bottles are dangerous obstacles.
6. Too exotic for sailing authorities; it won’t be easy getting official recognition from the world’s governing bodies.
7. Regular maintenance; you’ll have to check the hydrofoil for damages, right after each sailing session.
Source : Surfer Today
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