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 best Kitefoilers of the world from 15 nations traveled up to the Engadin for the second stop of the Kitefoil Goldcup world tour.
The event took place on beautiful lake Silvaplana, St Moritz, a mecca for skiers in winter and at 1,800 meters above sea level, a stunning crystal clear blue lake that attracts world class sailing and windsurfing events and now kites.
The opening series saw 9 races for the yellow and green group on the Lake Silvaplana. Winner with seven victories is the vice Worldchampion from the US John Heineken. In second place is the actual European Champion and winner of the last years Engadin marathon Olly Bridge from Great Britain. At the 3rd Place finished Nicolas Parlier, France with the same score but less victory races.
The best women is the current European Champion Steph Bridge from Great Britain. The „Bridge Family" is one more time really successful at that Kitefoil Goldcup
Foiling is a huge trend in watersports right now, from surfing to windsurfing to sailing at the big money America's Cup level.
Taking drag resistance to the bare minimum makes for warp speeds, but the long hi tech fins on the kiteboards require incredible skill to control – you're literally flying on a knife edge. It's the fastest way to kite and it's attracting some of the top riders right now.
After rain and no wind yesterday the skies cleared and it started to look promising for some decent competition today. But first the direction had to turn from the south-west to be able to set a course.
Unfortunately the wind didn't switch around, so the race committee had to pull the plug. The previous results stick which makes Jonny Heineken winner of this second stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup across three continents.
At the closing ceremony, the winners received their trophies with some of them already packed up and good to go to the Kite Course racing worlds in Turkey next week.
You can find the video of the day here:
The third and final stop of the 2014 KiteFoil GoldCup will be held in Townsville, Australia, end of September.