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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
Our next focus is on how the 2010 world champions will be crowned. We already covered the system of the various world rankings, now lets move on to the champions of our sport.
The world champion titles in the expression disciplines (freestyle and wave) are determined through the PKRA tour exclusively. The PKRA will publish their calendar with the freestyle and wave tour events in the next days.
The world champion titles in the tactical disciplines (racing and speed) are determined through one-off-events accompanied by one-off continental championships.
Remember, that the WORLD CHAMPION titles are separate from the WORLD RANKINGS. The world championship titles are determines as outlined above, while for the world rankings all events around the world are counting. We have published a separate Focus on... article about that earlier.