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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
When the KB4girls foundation and the KTA first formed their partnership 2 years ago Anny had a huge part in it, helping to set up the first KB4girls event in Asia (on Boracay) and introducing KB4girls to the female kiters around and the female kiters around to KB4girls. Ever since the super awesome KB4girls event on Boracay Anny has been a strong supporter of the foundation and we are stoked to finally welcome her to the team officially! :)
Being the amazing lady she is Anny is always following her passion and standing up to challenges. At this specific moment Anny is trying to raise the funds to fly over her K!NN Team Rider Long from Vietnam to the last KTA event of the season in China. Long is currently sitting in 1st place on the KTA ranking and really can't miss this last event if he wants to take out the 2013 Asian Championship Title! With an Angel Donor in the line only 300 US$ still need to be raised, please help now by donating here!
And now, meet Anny by reading her short profile below! :)
Name: Anny Barlow
Sponsors: K!NN Pro Riders Team Vietnam
Born in: 1983·(on Hawaii!)·
Started kiting in: 2010
Favorite trick: backroll-kiteloop (or pretty much anything with a loop)
Your message to female kiters: Community! In this predominately male sport I look forward to every female I cross path with, especially while tracking on the water. Even if I don't know your name, I am likely to come and give you a high-five out there or at least a big smile and wave until I run into you on land and learn your name. Supporting each other helps us to grow and I am inspired by you! Never think I can't, spend time with people who tell you "you can"! We are all beautiful! Love and Aloha!·
Achievements: Manager for K!NN Pro Riders Team, writer for KiteWorld Magazine, publicist and photographer for KTA