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 weather here in St. Peter-Ording is always unpredictable. During this morning’s riders meeting the race director, Olaf Van Tol announced that he would not run the competition until the wind conditions picked up in strength. Organizers as well as crewmembers had extra time this morning to prepare and tie up loose ends.
At 3:00pm the weather had begun to shift from sunny blue skies and near windless conditions to cloudy grey skies with storm like winds. Van Tol announced that he would begin with the men’s freestyle trials eliminations. The wind strength was up and down most of the afternoon, with rainsqualls, however the show must go on.
Event organizers would not allow the judges to enter the tower because it was not stable enough, therefore three vehicles provided by the ACT agency were used to encompass the judges in warmth and style while judging the first set of heats. An hour into the first round of heats the organizers announced that the judges tower was secure and safe for the judging to proceed from there.
Eight men from the first round of heats as well as eight men from the second round of heats will move on to the men’s freestyle main event which will commence tomorrow.
It is the first time in PKRA history that as many as 114 competitors registered for a single event.
Congratulations to all the men freestyle riders who will continue on to the men’s freestyle main event.
Tomorrow’s mandatory skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 10:00am.
For all main event live results please visit: http://www.extremeelements.tv/live_results/results.php
The St. Peter-Ording Kitesurf World Cup is supported in part by: Palmolive, Prosieben, tv14, St. Peter-Ording-Nordsee, Jever, Quicksilver, Lufthansa, Naish, Havaianas, Pentax, N-Joy, Coke, Moebel-Kraft, Yamaha, Sport1, Kitelife, x-h2o, Splocs, PKRA, International Kiteboarding Association.
Men’s Freestyle Trial Elimination Winners advancing into the Main event are:
Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)
Bram Bast (JN-Kites, NED)
Niklas Imaz De Zavella (North, GER)
Mike Blomvall (Nobile, SWE)
Tom Schuller (North, GER)
Christopher Tach (Liquid Force, BEL)
Alexandre Neto (Liquid Force, BRA)
Jerrie Van de Kop (Flexifoil, NED)
Tijn Van Esch (Advance Kites, NED)
Johnno Scholte (Slingshot, NED)
Christian Winkenjohann (Flexifoil, GER)
Forest Bakker (Flexifoil, FRA)
Olly Bridge (North, GBR)
Marian Hund (North, GER)
Nils Wesch (Naish, GER)
Miguel Castro (Core, GER)