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.
2010 is up and running and so of course is the KTA tour as we head for round three at Mui Ne in Vietnam at the end of this month.
Mui Ne is a well established kiteboard destination in Asia and one with a reputation for regular strong wind conditions, so be sure to also pack your small kites if you are thinking of heading there to compete.
The KTA Vietnam will be running from the 28th – 31st January on the beachfront that runs between the C2Sky kite centre at the Sunshine Beach Resort and Sankara. C2Sky are the KTA’s main local organiser and are the people who can help you out with accommodation, transfers and even visas. Their details are and information is all listed on the Vietnam tour stop page for you. Sankara are the events headline local sponsor for the Vietnam round and will also play a key part during the event providing the parties and hospitality for the riders.
The morning of the 28th of Jan will be registration time, but it anticipated that there will be a very strong turn out in Mui Ne so make sure that you register here online to secure your chance to compete. If the numbers reach the max limits as they are expected then the afternoon of the 28th will kick-off with pre-eliminator rounds for all the non-seeded riders joining the KTA Vietnam event.
So plan ahead and we look forward to seeing you at the end of the month and seeing if anyone new will emerge to challenge our current KTA tour leaders, which are –
Men’s Freestyle - Ken Nacor (Philippines)
Women’s Freestyle - Anna Sarp (Finland)
Men’s Course Race - Narapichat Pudla – Yo (Thailand)
Women’s Course Race - Hill Siu (Hong Kong)