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.
After such a successful day on the KPWT Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit yesterday, today was far more subdued.
Yesterday stamped its mark in the history books with a huge Wave Masters event! Strong and constant 20 knot winds and 3 meter swells! Jesse Richman pushed himself and challenged the conditions with everything he had yesterday and really put on a great show.
Kirsty Jones showed most of the male riders why they don’t want to square up against in a heat! Her strong and powerful style proved she handles even the biggest of conditions with great bottom turns and hard cut-backs!
A skippers meeting was held at 11h00, unfortunately the wind from the North didn’t arrive today.
We were stuck between two fronts, the cold usually bringing the wind and the warm not. Today, to the delight of those who wished to work on their tans, got to enjoy the warm front.
Those who had come down to Santa Rita beach were not only able to enjoy the sun, but also some world class kayaking and longboarding.
At 17h30, the Sunset Stage began its usual entertainment, inviting all to sit, relax and enjoy a beer and some local music on the beach.
A final skippers meeting was called at 18h30 and the decision was made to come back tomorrow and hopefully the wind does the same so we can complete the highly anticipated double elimination Wave Masters 2009
Thank you to Bruno Melo and his local organization for putting together such a successful event. This year has proved that Santa Cruz is a TOP spot in Europe for waves and wind!