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.
Yesterday’s outlook for today’s weather forecast did not look promising however, by midday the weather had improved and the wind started to pick up in strength. PKRA Race Director Erik Troostheide announced at the 11:30am rider’s meeting, “the wind is not 100% suitable but looks to be picking up in strength so we will attempt a start at 12:30pm.”
Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) made his way out on the water to fight against local Dominican Robinson Hilario (F-ONE, DOM) in the first heat of the day. Both competitors seemed to be struggling a bit with the wind however Schitzhofer defeated Hilario due to better execution of tricks and more technical difficulty. Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) eliminated Schitzhofer in the second round of heats.
Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) has not been on the top of his game here in Cabarete. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) defeated Pastor in a 2/1 judges decision due to better execution of tricks and more technical moves.
Dominican rider Alex Soto (F-One, DOM) proved he’s world-class material as he effortlessly defeated all competitors that got in his way. Soto eliminated Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (North, BRA), Luke Whiteside (North, GRB), the current tour leader Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) as well as Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) in the double eliminations.
The weather started to deteriorate around 3:00pm. Race director Erik Troostheide had to abandon 2 heats today. The first abandonment was Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) against Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) and the second was in the women’s division Audrey Meyer (Naish, FRA) against Holly Kennedy (North,GRB).
Just shortly after 5:00pm the competition was called off due to the poor conditions. Tomorrow’s forecast does not look promising, but you never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve, especially here in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 11:30am with the first possible start at 12:00pm.
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