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.
From 22nd until 27th of June 2010, the SEAT Kitesurf World Cup will host the Kitesurf Tour Europe as well as the European Kite Racing Championships and offer live GPS tracking for the first time in kiteboarding ever.
“It is a pleasure to support the professional racings of the SEAT Kitesurf World Cup with our profession to geotarget and track people”, Heiko Thoelmann CEO of Presentec GmbH explains.
About this sensational approach in kiteboarding. The buyos and top 10 rider in the racing fleet will be tracked via Sunsim water-proof mobile phones and displayed to a giant LCD screen at the beach. Vodafone SIM cards will ensure that also speed and other interesting infromations will be available on www.kitesurf-worldcup.com for the spectator.
The IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) will feature the broadcast. Rider and kiteboarding addicteds can follow the “fourious four” in the racings:
Leading Danish Bjoern Rune Jensen (42 years), Dutch Rolf Van der Vlugt (29 years and Dutch speed record holder with over 47 knots) and German Dirk Hanel (35 years) are giving current World Ranking leader Bruno Sroka from France a hard time to win the European Championship in kite racing while this Kitesurf Tour Europe stop.
The Kitesurf Tour Europe will determine the best European Kiteboarder in the thrilling discipline of freestyle. Each individual event will also offer kiteboard racing with ranking points counting towards the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) world ranking.
For 2010 the series is hosted by the famous Surf Cup Podersdorf (Austria), the KBO (Netehrlands), SEAT Kitesurf World Cup (Germany), Engardin Wind in Switzerland and a final event Poland while the famous FAMA festival. The KTE will distribute a total Price Money of more than 60.000€. For more informations please visit www.kitesurftour.eu
The sanctioning body IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) is an International Class Association of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body for any kind of sailing activities including kitebording. Its responsibility, amongst others, is to manage the global administration of the sport and combining world events into one united ranking
Brand Guides is an agency based in Hamburg/Germany and is specialized in lifestyle and extreme sports. In 2002 Brand Guides esteblished the German Championship series, the Kitesurf Trophy (www.kitesurf-trophy.de) which is held with 39 events since 2002. The Kitesurf WorldCup Westerland 2009 was the first ever IKA sanctioned WorldCup event.
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