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.
Day 5 on the KPWT ACADIE KITEBOARD PRO 2009 proved another great day for the riders. They managed to complete the kiteloop discipline and run the sliders competition.
The sliders competition started off around 18h30, with a 15 knot North Westerly blowing.
The race director held an expression session of 45 minutes, one heat and 7 riders. The riders had to perform their best moves on the slider, kicker and fun-box provided!
It was a great show for all, as the wind was at a good speed and the flat lagoon water proved to be the ideal surface to land some cool tricks.
1st: John ROBICHAUD (CAN, Liquid Force)
2nd: Cameron DIETRICH (HAW, Cabrinha)
3rd: Jesse RICHMAN (HAW, Cabrinha)
Today, day 6 began with a skippers meeting at 10h00 and unfortunately the wind had dropped off and a further announcement was to be made at 12h00.
The Course Racers are hoping for wind, to get another opportunity to enjoy the conditions here in Shippagan and push their rankings.
The forecast however is not good, and is showing in the low temperatures this morning. All the riders are so pleased they were gifted the opportunity to really push themselves in some good conditions!
The KPWT ACADIE KITEBOARD PRO 2009 has managed to complete 5 disciplines over 6 days and 4 spots in the Shippagan area.
A huge success!
The closing ceremony will take place this evening from 20h00 at the Pavillon Aquatique restaurant in Shippagan. This will be followed by the prize giving ceremony at 21h30, which invites all to come and participate. The mayor of Shippagan, the Deputy of Acadie Bathurst, the minister of transport, the regional minister of New Brunswick, the staff, the riders and of course the KPWT staff will all attend this fantastic finale to a momentous event here in Canada!
Please make sure to follow the KPWT to its next stop in Dakhla, Morocco.