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".
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 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 skippers meeting began at 11h00 and the Race Director announced the day would start with 2 course races. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA), Sean Farley (MEX, NORTH) and Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) were placed at the top of the rankings after the first 4 races and were determined to hold onto their podium positions.
In the women’s racing discipline, Fabienne D'Ortoli (FRA, NAISH), Licariao Aguiar (BRA, TRUZZ) and Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) held the top 3 spots after the first four races.
The races started and the spectators that had come to the beach were not disappointed!
Race One - Men: Race One - Women:
1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA) 1. Fabienne D'Ortoli (FRA, NAISH)
2. Jesse Richman (USA, CABRINHA) 2. Alice Brunnaci (ITA, NORTH)
3. Sergio Perera (SPA, F-ONE) 3. Licariao Aguiar (BRA, TRUZZ)
Race Two – Men: Race Two – Women:
1. Sean Farley (MEX, NORTH) 1. Fabienne D'Ortoli(FRA, NAISH)
2. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA) 2. Licariao Brunnaci (ITA, NORTH)
3. Jess Richman (USA, CABRINHA) 3. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
The wind increased through the morning and a quick switch was made to start the double elimination heats for the men’s freestyle at 15h00. Michael Schitzhoffer (AUS, JN) and Vincent Tiger (FRA, F-ONE) were looking good in the rounds and setting high standards for the rider’s to pay some serious attention to. Both riders progressed to the quarter-finals.
The wind dropped off late in the afternoon and the competition will have to continue tomorrow. There is an exciting buzz about the party organized for this evening, to be held at the internationally renowned, Café Del Mar.
Lets all look forward to the final day of the KPWT Movistar Kite Pro Tarifa 2009! Prize giving will be held at 17h00 so please make sure, if you are in the area to come down and cheer for your champions!