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.
With a promising southerly flow, the green light has been given to start the European Speed Championships in Dungarvan, Ireland from Sunday 01/11 until Saturday 07/11.
Please find below important information about insurance and equipment transport, which needs to be booked until 26/10 latest !
Details above on-site registration on Sunday 01/11 as well as an updated event programe will be published as soon as possible.
Event registration will be closedon 26/10 18:00 hours. Please make sure that we have received your registration by then to take part in this event.
Every competitor (without exception) will have to provide proof of 3rd party insurance to the value of €6.5m or GBP5m. It is vital that all competitors check their own insurance policy and ensure it covers them for sailing in Irish waters and in a professional event, many policies have geographical limitations and are also limited to amateur sporting activities and of course if this applies to your policy then you are uninsured for this event.
In the event that someone is unable to provide the documents to the satisfaction of the organisers, membership of the Irish Windsurfing Association and the Irish Kitesurfing Association will be available on site; this will provide you with the requisite insurance cover.