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.
Welcome to the second event for Wave Masters and the third stop on the KPWT 2009.
Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2009 is a highly anticipated event and one not to be missed if you are a water-sports enthusiast.
Registration took place today at the KPWT office and will continue through to tomorrow. 4o wave riders came down today and look eager and excited to put the conditions to the test.
2008 Women’s Wave Masters champion Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) came early to register and looked relaxed and well conditioned to take on what Portugal has to offer!
Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) has come down to Santa Cruz to compete and seems quite confident and relaxed. I saw him out on the water yesterday and he was looking really good and responding super well to the conditions here.
Local organizers from Ocean team are frantically preparing the final touches to the event site for this evenings opening ceremony! It promises to be a huge spectacle with a fireworks display, music performance by GROUNDATION and an after party on the beach!
Tomorrow, the Rip Curl Pro, the National Surf Contest, will start off proceedings at the Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2009!
A skippers meeting will be held at 09h00 for the KPWT riders.
The race director from the KPWT, Vita Adamicek will then give further instructions regarding the Wave Masters competition.
Thank you to the sponsors and all concerned for their support and contributions towards such a fantastic event on the 2009 calender.