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.
Louk Timmer from the Netherlands is happy to receive the second Wildcard from the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe for Freestyle Men during the competition in France.
My name is Louk Timmer and I have my roots in the Netherlands. When I was fifteen years old I took my first kite lesson and it changed my life. After one year of kiting I started to teach other people as well, this way I could save some money for travelling. Since last year I'm riding for North Kiteboarding and ION and I am very happy about it.
My plans are to do the whole tour, it would be the first year I would do a whole tour. Off course it is exciting for me how I will do during the first stop in France, but my main goal is to have fun because than I am at my best. I know what I can and can not do but I'm not affraid of taking some risks when I'm in a underdog position!
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