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.
Higher Jumps and faster Course Racing will be presented on crowded beaches by the European top Kiteboarder attending the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2013.
Toulon – Rotterdam – Hamburg and Barcelona - with four destinations the success story of one of the fastest growing action sports on the water keeps the pace.
The first event will take place in Hyéres /Almanarre Beach May 30th-June 2nd close to the Mediterranean Metropolises of Toulon and Marseille but also with a chance to experience mystic St. Tropez and Monaco. Following this Championship, Europe’s best Kitesurfer will put their skills across the rough North Sea Island of Sylt – a famous place to be - close to Hamburg July 2nd-7th.
After a summer break with usually lower winds, the Netherlands will be the highlight of the second half of the season: Kitegatta will host the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe. The final countdown for the 2013 chapter will be in Castelldefels a suburb of Barcelona. From 10th - 13th of October the Spanish waters of the Mediterranean Sea use a memorable date: October 12th. Columbus discovered America and some Riders will discover his monument from the coastline of Barcelona harbor. By then the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe will have determined the official European Champion for Freestyle in Kitesurfing.
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