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.
The date of the 2009 IKA AGM is coming closer. The meeting will be held in Paris at the Paris Boat Show, the meeting starts at 10:00 hours in meeting room F8. Francois Cuizinaud from the FFVL will be available at the main entrance of the Paris Boat Show between 09:00 and 10:00 hours to give guidance to the meeting room.
The final agenda can be found below.
All full members are reminded to give a proxy vote in case of non-attendance to ensure that the quorum for the meeting will be met.
Beside the participation delegates from the national kiteboarding associations we also expect several guests from industry, media, kiteboarding schools and related organizations.
1. Previous Minutes
2. Chairman's / Executive Secretary’s Report
2 a) Rules Committee Report
2 b) Judging Committee Report
2 c) Olympic Commission Report
2 d) Industry Forum Report
3. Financial Statement
4. Elections - VOTE *
5. Any other matters including those concerning Class Rules
5. a) Snowkiting / Landkiting
5. b) Training Subcommittee
5. c) Change of Class Rules (line length, foils) - VOTE **
5 d) Kiteracing Class
5 e) Foilboarding Class
5. f) requirements to become a national class association affiliated to IKA (change of constitution) - VOTE ***
5. g) Website - transparency and changes
5. h) Change of Constitution - non voting memberships - VOTE ****
5. i) Youth Championships - Age categories and Venues
5. j) 2010 continentals and worlds
5. k) Human Ressources Requirements and Certification
5 l) Point System / Rankings
5 m) World Champions in Freestyle
5. n) New competition formats / Federations Cup
5. o) Advisory Board Setup
5. p) Any other business
* Nominations received are: Richard Gowers (GBR) for Chair, Alberto Anido (ARG), Bruno de Wannemaker (BEL)
** Add class rule C.6.2: “FOIL: Foils or parts of the hull appendage with the sole function to produce vertical lift are disallowed”
Add class rule F.1.2:”LINE LENGTH: The maximum distance measured from the bar to the top of the kite shall not exceed 45 meters”#
*** add to constitution 4. a): “Applications shall include the national associations questionnaire and a supporting letter from either the national sailing association, the national Olympic committee, or the national government/sports ministry (in that order of importance)”
**** add constitution 4 d) NON-VOTING MEMBERTSHIP shall be open to any National Kiteboarding Class Association, or national federations and associations controlling the class activity in their country without payment of subscription fees, and without a vote on the class AGM