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.
Now, with a clear structure and a clear line up of the major disciplines, how do the individual events score and how do they contribute to the various world rankings ?
Each IKA sanctioned event counts towards two rankings: the individual discipline ranking, and the overall ranking. This article features the calculation of points for the individual discipline rankings.
The points awarded to the individual events are mainly based on the price money, allthough there are a few exceptions. The minimum score of an event is 100 points for the winner - this usually applies for national events. The next stage are tour events with price money of less than 5000 Euros, they always score 200 points for the winner. This basically applies for the continental tours with no or little price money.
The complete point system is outlined below:
Pricemoney Base Factor Stars
International open events (or depending on pm) 1
Tour events with less than 5000 2
42500-49999 9 +
More than 50000 10 ++
And here are the remaining to exceptions: one-off continental champioships (in course racing and in speed) score one base factor more, one-off world championships (in course racing and speed again) score two base factors more.
A national championship has base factor one, it scores 100 points for the winner.
An Asian continental tour event with 1500 Euro price money scores 200 points for the winner.
A PKRA Freestyle event with 40000 Euro price money scores 800 points for the winner.
The course racing European championship with 10000 Euro price money scores 500 points for the winner (factor 4 due to the price money, plus 1 factor for one-off continentals)
The kitespeed world championship with 10000 Euro price money scores 600 points for the winner (factor 4 due to the price money, plus 2 factors for one-off worlds).
How many events do you have to attend to get a good score in the world ranking ? As usual, a discard system works here, which is as follows:
10 and more
This simply means, the more important a discipline is in the world, the more events willbe held, and the more points you can collect. Most likely Course Racing and Freestyle are the disciplines which will score the maximum number of seven events each, while wave riding and speed will benefit from the discard system, meaning that you do not need to go to too many events to score high in the discipine ranking.
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