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.
Jesse Richman fought back after placing third in the single elimination to facing Stefan Permien in the final. He faced Vincent Tiger in the semi-final, but Tiger had injured himself and could not compete at his best.
Jesse won the first final with some huge megaloops and solid front and back mobes. In the second final, the wind increased up to 50 knots and the riders were out on their 7’s and getting BIG air and loads of power to perform their tricks. Permien and Richman both pushed themselves to their limits, with Permien landing some crazy unhooked tricks in these conditions!
The local support was at large today and many people had come down to enjoy the extreme freestyle!
Day 4 started early again at 07h00 with swells up to 1.5 meters and a strong wind of 40 knots. The race director decided to run the single Wave Master Elimination followed by the double if there was enough time in the day.
Most riders chose their 5 -7 meter kites and used the power well to get the most out of the waves. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) lost early in the single elimination to Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA), who went on to face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) in the losers final. Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) showed his dominance in this discipline, performing some smooth bottom turns and strong cut backs to take the single elimination from fellow islander, Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES). Abel in the double, rode like a man possessed and slowly progressed his way through the rounds, meeting Mitu in the final. He took the first final with some powerful turns and energized riding, being the first to take a heat from Mitu this year in the Waves. Mitu rode very well in the second final with some intelligent Wave Riding, using the power of the kite as little as possible and pushing his board to the absolute limit, riding strapless.
A big mention needs to go out to Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) who is really starting to show how hard work can pay off. She defeated Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) in the single and double elimination final and will stand the first place podium in the Freestyle and Waves!
The day ended very late at 20h00, but was worth every minute to see the worlds best riders enjoy the strong conditions gifted to them today.