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.
It was a spectacular second day for the Essaouira Kiteboarding World Cup 2010. The men’s and women’s single eliminations got underway at approximately 11:30am under hazy skies, warm temperatures and fiery winds.
It was an outstanding day for Austrian rider, Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT). Schitzhofer defeated local Moroccan rider Momo Hamaini in his first heat of the day with clean executions, power, style and technical difficulty of tricks. Schitzhofer was on fire in the third round of heats, eliminating Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) in a very close heat due to better execution and switch tricks. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) put an end to Schitzhofer’s winning streak in the semi finals, which would lead him to 4th place in the single eliminations.
Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) competed with great power and strength today, eliminating Ben Bowd (Rodwy, GRE), Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM) and Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) landing him in the final against fellow Dutchmen Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED). Zoon’s mobe 5 and switch blind-judge 3 were not enough to take on 2009 World Champion Langeree. Zoon takes the second place title while Langeree finishes in first place.
The Italian Stallion, Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) was also on top of his game today defeating Moroccan rider Yassine Bouceta followed by Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA). Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) eliminated Rondina in the semi final earning him 3rd place in the single eliminations.
A total of 12 women were out on the water today competing for the chance to win an event title. Polish rider Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) eliminated Japanese rider Aya Oshima (Cabrinha, JPN) in the first heat in the women’s division advancing her to the second round. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB) defeated Grzelinska leading her to the semi final against Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB). Wilson dominated the semi final landing in the final against Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP), which means Sykes-Davies battled Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) for 4th place.
Polish rider Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) got thru the second round of heats defeating Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) but was later eliminated buy Pulido in the semi final. Litwin ends in third place while Pulido takes first and Wilson second place.
The single eliminations wrapped up at 4:30pm with a brief announcement stating the winners of the day.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Tomorrows mandatory skippers meeting in scheduled for 11:00am with an 11:30am first possible start.
Thank you to all the sponsors who made the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010 possible: Association Marocaine de Kitsurf, kitemorocco.com, ONMT, Sprite SAEMOG and the Atlas Hotel Essaouira.
For all live results please go to: http://www.extremeelements.tv/live_results/results.php
1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
2. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)
4. Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT)
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB)
3. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)
4. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB)