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 last day of this incredible experience here in Dakhla, Morocco.
The event has seen the World’s best riders, perform under ideal conditions to produce a KPWT experience that is not to be forgotten.
The morning began with a short skippers meeting at 09h30 and the decision was made to finish the sliders competition first, starting at 11h30.
The prize giving for Course Racing was done in the morning and the Minister of Sport attended to congratulate the riders and present the trophies.
We then went onto to the final for the men’s sliders, where a 20 minute heat was completed and four riders participated. Stefan Permien (GER, KITEFACTORY), Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) and Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN). Jesse was on fire today and performed a smooth flat 3 on the main slider and a an Indie Glide on the kicker. Stefan did not make it easy though landing a full slide blind and surface pass. He also did a really good front spin off the kicker. Jesse edged him in the end and found himself as the WORLD CHAMPION for sliders 2009!
The riders then moved to the wave spot and battled in the final few heats for the Wave Master Champion in Dakhla. The waves were similar to the previous day and the wind was slightly better at about 15, 16 knots. The final heats were a pleasure to watch with the world’s top wave riders fighting for the honours in Dakhla.
Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) edged Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) in the losers final and made his way to the podium. The final between Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) and Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) deserved every eye that was peeled to the beach. The final was a 15 minute heat with the top 3 waves scored. And the winner in Dakhla is Mitu Monteiro!
All riders rushed back to Dakhla Attitude for the prize giving and closing ceremony to this magnificent event here in Morocco! Thank you so much to the sponsors, the local organizers and the RIDERS for their support and participation in this magnificent event here in Dakhla.
1. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
2. Stefan Permien (GER, KITEFACTORY)
3. Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN)
1. Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH)
2. Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)
3. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
Wave Master Single Elimination Men:
1. Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE)
2. Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES)
3. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
Wave Master Single Elimination Women:
1. Kirsty Jones (UK, FLEXIFOIL)
2. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
3. Nuria Goma (SPA, LIQUID FORCE)