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.
With an early start brought on by an 8:00am pool breakfast and a 9:00am rider’s meeting, competitors filtered onto the event site, ready to begin the first day with full motivation, high spirits and enthusiasm. As wind proved to be strong enough for freestyle action, all competitors prepared their material. At this first day, freestyle gained priority, with the possibility of racing later in the day
The wind blew in a range of 15 - 22 knots. At this point, spanish onlookers, tourists and local people from Castelldefels watched as the talented competitors performed at their highest abilities until late in the afternoon.
With good wind pretty, excitement high, and the riding at its peak, the MINI KTE was able to run full freestyle single eliminations and one race in the afternoon.
Riders such as Johnno Scholte (NED) and Patrick Blanc (ESP) advanced early on into the double elimination. In particular, top favorite Mario Rodwald (GER) and Stefan Spiessberger (AUT) performed well as well ; speed and power in the majority of their maneuvers during the final heat.
Meanwhile in the girls division, german rider Sabrina Lutz (GER) wasn’t on her A-game today, lost her heat #23 against Annelous Lammerts (NED) but won in the looser final against Kelly Schouten (NED).
The women’s final, Lammerts (NED) versus Therese Taabbel (DEN) was a an exciting heat, too. In the later afternoon, riders struggled with wavy and less wind conditions, making it even more challenging to gain big points.
After the men’s final, all racers were ready for their moment on the water. With wind measuring 15-18 knots, the stage was set for an exciting first day of Course Racing. Top competitors such as Riccardo Leccesse (COL) and Adam Koch (USA) as well as Flo Gruber (GER) and Olli Bridge (GBR) stood out as a few racing favorits, while Maxime Nocher (FRA) also looked to hold his own and make it to the front of the pack.
After the first race, the sunset began already to start up and the day finished under a dark-orange light. The final results of the single elimination finals and of the first race will be published tomorrow morning.
Stay tuned and looked forward to 9am skippers meeting to get know, who’ll be the winners of the single eliminations finals ?
For the second day, Course Racings are likely to run in the morning with freestyle in the afternoon, when wind conditions permit. Our livestream by SPOTFAV will be available online to fans and followers.
To get nice images of the first competition day click here
Freestyle Men Single Elimination Ladder
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