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 discipline system has been simplified for 2010, with the major disciplines being Freestyle, Course Racing, Wave Riding and Speed.
The two Freestyle Categories in 2009 have been a concession to the former two world tours, but it turned out that the stlyes are not that different apart from a few details. These details have been discusses in the IKA judging committee and as a result, there will be only one freestyle judging from 2010 on, and all events will be included in one unified world ranking.
Downwind Racing will disappear for the moment as a major discipline, as this kind of racing (including kitecross, boardercross, long distance, kiteslalom etc) has not developed far enough yet, but it will come up more and more as a second discipline event. World wide rules are to be developed in the near future to allow comparable competiton around the globe.
Other side-disciplines include Best Trick, Kiteloop, Speed Crossings, Kickers/Sliders etc.
Course Racing has developed to one of the most attracting formats in the meantime, with 19 events counting towards the 2009 world ranking by far the most popular discipline as far as numbers of competitors are converned.
Wave Riding and Speed will continue unchanged - quite specialised disciplines were it is hard to find the perfect spot with water and wind conditions coming together at the same time, but it looks good for full tours in both disciplines 2010
Each of the four major disciplines will have its own world ranking, were all events held in that discipline around the world count for. How many and for which period - this will be covered in a separate "Focus on..." article.
The Overall Ranking then merges the points from all single discipline points from every rider - with the result that the most versatile kiteboarder in the world will lead the overall ranking.
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