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.
The final day of the Paros World Cup 2009 organized and led by Lefteris Maniadakis closed to a perfect day despite the light winds. Weather conditions were warm and sunny with temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius.
The mandatory riders meeting got underway at 10:00 am as race director, Olaf Van Tol stated that he would postpone the scheduled events due to the nearly non-existent wind in hopes that the updated forecast would change.
Racers, organizers as well as a few locals decided to make the best of the last hours here in beautiful Paros, Greece. What better way to cool off than to take a dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea. A few sportive individuals went for wakeboarding sessions as well as some off-road fun.
Event organizer Lefteris Maniadakis announced at 2:00 pm that the wind forecast would not increase therefore the competition has sadly come to an end.
The awards ceremony was held on the beach at 2:30 pm. Spectators watched as organizers and supporters presented the awards to all the winners.
A total of 11 races were held during the 5-day event. German rider Kristin Boese (Best) is taking home the championship trophy for the women’s division. Greek first time racer Felicia Constandopoulou (Best) proudly walks away in second place followed by Maria Tampa (Naish, GRC) in third.
As expected, French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha) steels the show for the men’s division, winning all 11 races followed by German rider Dirk Hanel in second place. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) made a lot of progress throughout the competition managing to take third place in this event.
The National Greek Freestyle competition was a great success. Local rider Mike Chatzilliadis (Flexifoil, GRC) managed to take first place, Iannis Tamvakis (Airush, GRC) take second place followed by George Argiriadis (Flexifoil, GRC) in third.
The first place winner for the women’s freestyle competition went to Maria Kampa (Naish, GRC), Afroditi Balasica (Best, GRC) takes home second place followed by second place women’s racing winner Felicia Constandopoulou (Best, GRC).
A special thank you to all the event organizers who made this competition such a great success.
Paros World Cup 2009 was sponsored in part by PPF Services, Blu Café, Greece Tourism, Paros Kite as well as x-dream.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Race Results (Final):
1. Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA)
2. Dirk Hanel (North, GER)
3. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)
1. Kristin Boese (Best, GER)
2. Felicia Constandopoulou (Best, GRC)
3. Maria Kampa (Naish, GRC)