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.
October 29th Xiamen China, is the first day of the first kiteboard competition tour to take place in Asia. The tour is at a pro/am level and open to everyone as it moves around the region visiting not only China but also Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand between Oct 09 and Mar 2010.You can take in all the details and information at the KTA site www.kiteboardtour.asia
The KTA tour is sanctioned by the IKA meaning that all riders will receive world-ranking points as they compete towards become the KTA Tour Champions or the first ever Asian Champions. The support and encouragement for local born and bread riders from the Asian region is very much part of the KTA ethos and there is a great deal of talent throughout Asia but not as yet so much opportunity for the local guys, especially those from the less affluent countries. You know the guys that spend their time running around pumping up your kites and landing and launching you, while snatching their riding time in the early hours on borrowed equipment. It’s some of these guys the KTA is trying to help further and open a new door or two for and therefore has introduced a ‘riders grant scheme’ to help get this guys the chance to be part of the tour and who knows become future professional riders.
Xiamen, China 29 Oct – 1 Nov 2009
Lantau, Hong Kong 2 Dec – 5 Dec 2009
Mui Ne, Vietnam 27 Jan – 30 Jan 2010
Boracay, Philippines 24 Feb – 27 Feb 2010
Pranburi, Thailand 25 Mar – 28 Mar 2010
For further information and if you interested to help please follow this link http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/kta-riders-grants.htm