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.
Day 4 of the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships saw drama for Oliver Bridge (GBR, North), when an error in equipment selection dropped him from the top of the leaderboard to 4th place.
In light winds, only two races for the gold fleet were completed and Bridge had to suffer a DNS in the last race of the day which leaves him with 27 points that he cant discard. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) scored a solid 2-1 to sit in first place now before the Medal series. With his domination in the light winds of the Final series he is 14 points ahead of the second placed Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) and Blazej Ozog (POL, North) another point behind.
In the womens fleet, Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) showed her dominance in light wind another time, and is now in third overall, only 0.3 points behind Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) who only scored 3-3-4 in the light wind races of the last two days.
Steph Bridge (GBR, North) is still on top of the womens fleet with 4 points ahead of Heineken.
Tomorrows medal race series will see the top 10 men and women competing on a shorter course for four non-discardable races. With only 4 points between the top three in the womens fleet, and 7 points between places 2 to 6 in the mens fleet, the battle for the podium spots is still wide open. Nocher is the only one sitting in a comfortable lead, but 14 points with a total of 40 up for grabs still does not allow for any error.
THE FULL PRESS RELEASE AFTER MEDAL RACES WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY
Overall standings before Medal Races:
1. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) - 14 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 28 pts
3. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 29 pts
4. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 34 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 34.8 pts
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 15 pts
3. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 18.7 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 19 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 31 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) - 38 pts
Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKWorldsResults.pdf