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.
Its been a pretty full on week for the crew since the competition ended pinning down all its media follow-up which for the KTA this season has grown beyond all recognition from former seasons.
So in a break with tradition we are going to pull out one aspect of last week and give a bit of a showcase just before we put up the full report sometime over the weekend.
Here we go then here comes the kids!
The KTA Philippines hosted by Aqua Boracay by Yoo (www.aquaboracay.com) began the week with the third of the new KTA Kite Kid power kite training sessions. With Boracay being the spiritual home for this new training idea this season we all hoped for a good turn out and we were not disappointed in anyway. Just under 50 children arrived for the 4 sessions that took place over the first two days of the KTA, giving Karthrin Borgwardt our KTA Kite Kids lead instructor a very busy start to her week.
It was perfect to see the buzz and the excitement as each kid in turn got to grips with the skills of power kite flying as Kathrin and her support team of instructors (often other KTA competitors) demonstrated, coached and corrected their way through each session. It was truly international affair with kids from around the globe and a big local pose’ reflecting the multi-racial mix that exists on Boracay, great to see and best part of what sport is all about.
Big thanks as always at this point to our KTA Kite Kids sponsors, Ozone and Maelstorm for providing the training kites, t-shirts and goodie bags that make all this possible at each event, it’s a great investment you guys are making into the future of the sport here in Asia.
But being Boracay we were in for something a little extra and rather than the end of the KTA Kite Kids being them done and dusted on registration day this time for some it was just the beginning. The island is not only the home to just the Kite Kids origins but also, the Valhalla Cup, the Borcay Kitesurf Racing group and of course one of those KTA Race Centres, so with all that there is quite a culture of kite racing going around and the kids are not being left behind. Thanks we think are due to a certain Ken Nacor and his crew for teaching the local kids to race which gave the KTA Philippines the chance to become the first Asian Tour round to hold a Kite Kids TT Race which we did on the final two days of the competition in combination with our Weekend Warrior racers.
They raced in total four races over the two days on the full course being raced by all the classes, so big thumbs up to all the kids that took part and a special congrats to the top guys that hit the podium at the awards night. An inspiration to one and all who watched and for sure the biggest cheers for the whole event, nice one to everyone that took part and we hope you enjoyed it out there as much as we all did watching you.
Top 3 in the KTA Kite Kids TT RaceChristian Tio (PHL) Remel Rentilo (PHL) John Steven (PHL)
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