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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
For every Event the KTE will host 4 Wildcards for new talents - the other 4 Wildcards will be host by the Local Organizer. Sander Bos is the first one in Freestyle Men to receive a Wildcard from the KTE.
"Yes! Super happy about getting a wildcard for the KTE! My name is Sander Bos, 21 years old, I'm from the south of The Netherlands (Zeeland) and I've been kiting for 6 years now. In 2009 I participated my first kitesurf competition, but after that I decided to finish school first. Last summer I graduated and started kitesurfing full-time. My girlfriend and I left for 5 months to kitesurf in Cumbuco, Brasil. The trip ended after 7 weeks because my girlfriend tore off her ACL. We spent another 5.5 weeks on Cape Verde for me to train. Now I’m ready for the new season. I hope to finish in the top 10 of the participants in the KTE and in the meanwhile train for new tricks! It's gonna be a fun summer and let's hope for a nice ending in the KTE." (Statement Sander)
Check out the pictures and the Video below to see him in action.
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