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.
A few years have past since the last PKRA event was hosted in Paros, but this year will prove to be an impressive comeback and perhaps a more familiar destination in the pro tour lineup for racing as well as freestyle in the years to come.
Registration began at 9:00 am this morning under mostly overcast skies and temperatures averaging 21 degrees. The registration process lasted a little longer than planned in hopes that more female competitors would participate.
Acting as the new PKRA Press Secretary, how better to get an up close and personal view of what goes on in the exciting world of kite racing than to actually participate. I nervously signed up for the race in hopes of giving the only registered female a riding companion. Shortly after my inscription four local Greek women registered making a total of 6 female racers and 17 men.
The mandatory riders meeting commenced at 12:00 pm with the first possible start at 1:00 pm. Riders rushed out on the water with their 9-11m kites, eagerly anticipating the signal to indulge in the nearly perfect wind conditions.
Race director Olaf Van Tol and his crew set a short 7-minute course for Day 1, but promises he has a few magic tricks up his sleeve to set some pretty interesting and challenging courses for the following days.
This was certainly not a challenging day for French racer Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha) who dominated all four races but was closely shadowed by German rider Dirk Hanel (North) whom would nearly overtake Sroka on a number of occasions. It was a constant neck-to-neck battle between these two very powerful riders. North rider, Pierre Romain (FRA) who finished 4th in the first race of the day, raced his way to the 3rd overall position.
It was a winning day for BEST rider, Kristin Boese (GER) who effortlessly finished all four races defeating all challengers. Greek riders, Felicia Constandopoulou (BEST) and Maria Kampa (Naish) fought between the second and third position, each totaling 7 points.
Tomorrow’s riders meeting is set for 11:00 am with the first possible start at 11:30 am. Paros PKRA World Cup 2009 is sponsored in part by PPF Services, Blu Café, Greece Tourism, Paros Kite and x-dream.
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