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 ultimate day of the Kitesurf Tour Europe arrived and it was all to play for in the course racing division. With the Freestyle competition finished yesterday, all eyes turned to the top formula riders competing for the title.
The sea breeze was back today but not as strong as usual so the big kites were used. The star of the day was once again the 2013 European Champion from the UK, Oliver Bridge. With 3 bullets and a second he’d created a massive lead over Leccese and Gruber, topping the leaderboard. In the battle for places two and three Leccese (with two disappointing races) gave the opportunity to 2013 World Champion, Gruber to catch up. It was all decided in the final race and Leccese managed to score a second place finishing a mere half point in front of Gruber on the leaderboard. In the women’s fleet claiming the top spot was an easy task for Russian rider Elena Kalinina. She had the perfect score of 13 bullets leaving all of the other kiters far behind.
The Twin Tip riders saw some action today too with their races following on after the course racing event. A beautiful fiesta of kites were on show as everyone joined in and had lots of fun out on the water.
Later in the evening the closing ceremony was held for all of the divisions with the winners receiving their awards and prize money. It’s been a memorable championship with the variable conditions allowing for riders to demonstrate their skill and versatility which for some ultimately saw them take home the title.
Hang Loose Beach has proved once again that it is one of the top places for prestigious Kitesurfing events. This week has been a great success and no one was left disappointed. Thank you for watching and here’s to another great Kitesurf Tour Europe next year.
Source : KTE Website Event News
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