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.
There has been a lot of discussion about starting eligibility, especially on Regulation 19 which could cause a loss of a competitors starting eligibility.
Stop the guessing and read some background information about what you need to compete on an official IKA sanctioned event.
IKA sanctioned events usually have two provisions for the participation of competitors:
While the first provision is pretty easy to understand (of course only for nations where a national kite class exist),ISAF Regulation 19 is unknown to most of the competitors. So lets have a closer look.
The content of Regulation 19 (especially 19.4) is, that a competitor who is competing in a prohibited event, shall have his starting eligibility for future events immediately suspended by decision of the ISAF executive committee or the competitors national authority. The minimum time before reinstatement is three years.
So the question is, what are "prohibited events" ?
ISAF especially defines prohibited events as an "event, that is described as a world championship or uses the word 'world' in the title or otherwise".
The IKA will maintain a list of prohibited kiteboarding events so that all competitors are aware of official, sanctioned competitions and those who are not.