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.
The second day in Castelldefels, Spain offered promise as a good racing day, with winds blowing from 8 -12 knots once the competitors arrived to the beach. Before the long anticipated skippers meeting with an announcement of the final 1st day results, all riders took a delicious breakfast at the pool lounge. Especially Mario Rodwald (GER) and Annelous Lammerts (NED), the winners of the single eliminations enjoyed their hot coffee in the sun! What a perfect start into Day 2...
Starting at 10:00am, racers entered the water. Once the horn sounded, competitors were off, as Florian Gruber (GER) from the yellow fleet took an early lead in the second race (1st race of the day). Working their way around the course, Riccardo Leccese (COL) reached his lead again in race 3 and 4, with Florian Gruber (GER) holding strong in second, and Andrea Beverino (ITA) in third.
In the red fleet, always an entertaining finisher, Adam Koch (USA) crossed the daily finish line after 3 races (4 in total) with a victory scream, very pleased with his performance. Even with lots of local riders, Koch keeps an upbeat attitude regarding the remainder of the event, hoping for continued top placement finishes against this fleet of talented racers. Maxime Nocher (FRA) took second place in his fleet, followed by Benni Bölli (GER).
Along with a Mediterrean Sea current and variable winds, new challenges were brought to competitors, who faced wind “holes” and the need for new strategizing tactics. Steph Bridge (GBR) held strong in her consistently first place completions and crossed finish line at first with Christine Bönniger (GER) in second and Elena Anton Pascual in third (ESP).
By the way, spectactors on the beach standing in anticipation of what was going on on the water. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.
All in all, the 2nd competition day here in Spain was filled with incredible racing action. Freestyle riders were chilling on the beach and hoped for some more wind to hit the water, too. Unfortunalety, the wind didn't picked up to start with double eliminations.
The end of the day came to a nice sunset again. With regard to the forecast, Course Racings will likely continue tomorrow, with freestyle double eliminations on sunday. The wind conditions are looking suitable with 7-10 knots expected from west direction.
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Read original article: KTE News:An inspired day of Course Racings at the 2nd day in Castelldefels