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.
Asian Kiteboard Championship Tour Finals
The 12/13 KTA Asia Tour season is about to end on a complete high with our return to the Island of Pingtan in China. Pingtan was the scene of that amazing event last year that saw crowds of up to 10,000 people pack the beach each day to enjoy the awesome on-water kite action. For riders who attended last season it was an experience not to forget and now you have the chance to be part of the Pingtan phenomenon too.
US$ 30,000 cash is once again up for grabs for the KTA China round itself with a further US$ 15,000 of lovely equipment prizes from our key brand sponsor Cabrinha for the overall Asia Tour champions, so it could be quite a haul to end the season on for those riders battling it out for the top positions. As always though we try to give everyone a boost when we can so in addition to this Stella prize package all competitors will be able to take advantage of the free riders hotel and food deal, along with free bus transfers direct from the airport to the competition venue. All of this is courtesy of the KTA China’s Presenting Sponsor the Pingtan County People’s Government, so a very massive thank you to them once again for having the KTA back and for making the KTA China such a worthy final to attend.
Riders are asked to register in advance online and the full information for this can be found on the KTA China location page – http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/event/kta-china-pingtan-island-2013/ which also has the cash prize split information also. Be warned though due to the high level of interest in the event we have had to cap the total rider registration off at 120 and places have been filling fast, so don’t delay if you want to be there, register right now.
Pingtan Island itself offers not only potentially some of the best winds for KTA, but also large wide sand beaches and stunning coastline. The island itself is a mad mix of old style traditional stone buildings and the construction drive for the future making it a unique insight and experience of the contrasts of China today.
The KTA China tour-stop in scheduled from the 8-12 May 2013 and with all the tour titles up for grabs in once place this season, it all promises to be one hell of a kiteboarding feast, so competing or not you will kick yourself if you miss it.
The KTA Asian Tour is open to rider’s form all countries and each round can be won by any nationality. The overall season rankings are handled a little differently with both Open and Asian titles being awarded, so Asian born riders get to be the actual Asian Champions but Open awards reflect the best riders on the tour for the season, though of course both titles have over the years often ended up with one and the same person at the end of the day
The champions to be crowned at the KTA China finals will be –
Asian Freestyle Champions – men and women
KTA Open Freestyle Champions - men and women
KTA Open Course Race RB Champions – men and women
KTA Open Course Race TT Champions – men and women
The titles are awarded from 1st to 3rd positions. Winners will be awarded trophies and equipment prizes.
In addition to the overall KTA Tour tiles there will also be the event winners of the KTA China round itself.
Freestyle – men and women
Course Race RB Class – men and women
Course Race TT Class – men and women
The KTA China round also sanctioned as 50 point ISAF World ranking race event and a 410 point IKA Freestyle World ranking event.
For those of you wondering the Asian Course Race titles will now be awarded in line with IKA requirements at a one-off championship event rather than through the tour. The Asian Course Race Championships is being planned to take place in early November 2013 in Thailand in association with the Kitesurf Association of Thailand.
But first Pingtan, so see you there!
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