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.
For those of you who are interested in becoming the most versatile kiteboarder in the world, read on about how the overall ranking is calculated and which disciplines and events you should attend.
The overall ranking combines the points from the individual discipline rankings, so there is not a certain number of events counting, but the combination of your individual disciplines.
Every discipline ranking has its own discard system, which limits the number of events you can validate for that ranking.
For example, the two most active and important disciplines are Freestyle and Course Racing, which we expect to have 7 events each counting for their discipline rankings.
Wave and Speed are aexpected to have probably 3 or 4 events counting for their discipline rankings, so the total points you can score are limited. This automatically considers the importance of the individual disciplines - in the more active disciplines Freestyle and Race you have more events counting, with more points as there is more pricemoney.
For the overall ranking, your total scores from the individual disciplines are simply added together. In real life this means that if you want to score high you most likely need points from Freestyle and Racing, and if you can, get some more from Speed or Wave. The more disciplines you do and the better you score in that disciplines, the better you will end up in the overall ranking.
And yes, it is possible that the leader of the overall ranking has not won a single discipline title, but scored consistently high - he or she is simply the most versatile competition kiteboarder out there. Nothing more - nothing less.