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 single freestyle elimination was underway and the second round for the men began.
And without question the heat of the second round was Peter Tyushkevich (RU, FLEXIFOIL) and Michael Shitzhoffer (AUS, JN) who set a very high standard for the rest of the field. Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN) was in top form today and gave the crowd a super show, performing his “JESUS WALK” trick and progressing into the final to meet Mike Blomvall (SWE, NOBIL).
In the women’s heat we had a huge semi-final match up between last year’s KPWT champion, Ania Grezlinska (POL, NORTH) and 5x World Champion Gisela Pulido (SPA, MOVISTAR).
A skippers meeting was then held at 17h00 and the junior freestyle competition started.
What a great finish to the day watching the kids give their best! Look out for the party to be held at Tangana later tonight for a beach bash to remember!
Single Elimination Men:
1. Mike Blomvall (SWE, NOBILE)
2. Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN)
3. Alex Pastor (SPA, NAISH)
Single Elimination Women:
1. Ania Grezlinska (POL, NORTH)
2. Noelia Nunez (SPA, NAISH)
3. Kriss Kin (USA, BEST)