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.
British Champion 2012 in Freestyle, Dan Sweeney, will participate in all MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe Events 2013. For this he will get the 3rd Wildcard from the KTE.
Check out his statement:
"My name is Dan Sweeney, 19 years old and from Goring, on the South Coast of England. I been in watersports for the past 5 years, mainly hooked on Kiteboarding & hoping to prove myself
further for 2013! It's a life changing sport which I'm dedicated to and I'm looking forward to representing England this year.
The Highlights in my Kiting career would be winning the British Pro Championships last year, the British Junior Championships in 2009 and the Cabrinha Youth Empire where I scored my first Sponsor at the end of 2008.
I've been a little set back for the past 8 months with a knee injury (to story of most kiters nower days!) but I recently had corrective surgery in February so I'm now getting stuck into rehab and starting fresh on the water.
I'm feeling focused and I'm looking forward to ride against Europe's best at the MINI KTE Tour! I'm honoured to receive a WildCard into the Event."
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