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.
Today was another day for those to take in the festivities that the KPWT Ocean Spirit offers other than wind.
There was beach volleyball, surfing, the kayak competition and a pool in which to learn how to kayak.
The riders had the chance to get free massages, spend some time relaxing in the Jacuzzi or just enjoy the sun and catch up on some sleep.
At 18h00 the sunset stage hosted Emilbus to introduce us into the evening and end the beautiful day on a good note.
The excitement is building for the festivities tomorrow night and the local band, Buraka Sound System that promise to entertain us all, with their Indie Rock sound! Over 10 000 people are expected to come to the event site for the 21h00 start!
After the wonders of day 4 of the competition it seems we will have to wait another day for some good wind and big swells. Forecast looks good tomorrow with wind coming down from the North so let’s hope we get some first-rate swell and another good day of kitesurfing!