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 first of two Virgin Kitesurfing Armada’s was held at Los Lances Beach, Tarifa 31st August 2014. The event gave kitesurfers the chance to become Guinness World Record breakers, by aiming to break the record for the ‘Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ and raise funds for good causes at the same time.
So a big congratulations to all who took part as you busted the current record with 352 kiters completing the 1 mile challenge
The next Virgin Armada is now due to take place in the UK at Hayling Island on one of the two last weekends of September or the first weekend of October, depending on the wind and conditions for any of the dates.
The UK Armada has an ambitious target to get over 500 GPS tracked kitesurfers to ride together on a mass downwinder from Hayling Island to Pagham, some 15 miles down the coast.
Still time to join this one so check out the Virgin Armada site
Source : Virgin Armada website
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