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 KiteFoil World Series 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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls born between 2000 and 2003.
Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.
Kiteboarding has been elected by World Sailing as one of the 10 sailing events for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
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.
For the first time ever, El Gouna will play host for an international kiteboarding competition.
Well known for its perfect conditions, the El Gouna Orascom Kiteboarding Grand Slam will take place from March 20 to 27, 2016 at Elements - El Gouna.
The Freestyle and Big Air competition with a total of 50000 EUR prize money and 1000 points each for the 2016 Kiteboarding World Championships ranking will form an important part on the way to the 2016 World Championship titles and will attract top riders from all over the world.
Organized by Travel Trails Tours in cooperation with Kiteloop Egypt and supported by Oracscom, the Egypt Sailing and Waterski Federation and several state ministries, El Gouna is one of the new exciting venues counting for the 2016 Kiteboarding World Championships, with the World Champions in the disciplines of Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom being crowned at each disciplines final event of the season.
The complete schedule, Notice of Race, entry and qualifying conditions as well as the Rulebook for the 2016 season will be published in the first weeks of 2016, together with the all-new 2016 World Championships website and social media presence.
In the meantime, stay tuned at www.internationalkiteboarding.org