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 PKRA/IKA Freestyle Junior World championships will be held in San Pere Pescador, Costa Brava at the Camping la Ballena Alegre July 2-7, 2013. It will be the first event of this type in the history of the PKRA. Many of the top pros will come out and do demos for the young rippers. The winners of each category will be Junior world champion.
This is a great opportunity for young riders from all over the world to become a junior world champion and learn how to compete at the top level on the PKRA.
Boys 8-11 years old
Boys 12-14 years old
Boys 15-16 years old
Girls 8-13 years old
Girls 14-16 years old
How will the competition be run?
An expression session will be done with all the JR’s of each group and the judges will evaluate them to do a provisional ranking to separate the best riders. This is done so that the best riders do not meet early in the competition and are placed on opposite sides of the ladder.
The competition will be based on the PKRA freestyle judging criteria’s and the winners will be chosen by official PKRA judges that work on the world tour. The rankings in the heats will be chosen by overall impression. This means that the winner of the heat will be the riders that can do the most technical tricks with power, style and a clean execution.
When we get closer to the final we will switch over to electronic judging that is done like on the PKRA world tour, where points are given for the maneuvers so that riders can see how they did for each manoeuver and how they can get better scores.
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