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 yet another day with extremely strong and turbulent winds here in El Medano, Tenerife, Spain. Rider’s, staff and crew were basically in a war against the wind. The wind speed this morning peaked at 52 knots, but is forecasted to drop a little as the day progresses. There’s a motivational saying lingering around the event site today, “go hard or go home!”
The men’s wave trial eliminations began early this morning in El Medano. Mark Shinn (Shinn, GBR), Johnno Scholte (Slingshot, NED), Jan Marcos Riveras (Starkites,), Javier Dias (JN Kites, ESP), Sky Solbach (North, USA), Luis Pardo (ESP), Ewaw Hill (SCO), Bollard Bastien (F-One, FRA), Pablo Fernandez (Cabrinha, ESP), Guillermo Jimenez (Wainman, ESP), Miguel Ruiz Quezada (RRD, ESP) and Frederick Zamora (North, PUR) all moved on to the main event.
The main wave event kicked off shortly after 2:00pm in El Cabezo, which is just a short distance upwind from El Medano beach.
In the men’s wave division a total of three rounds were completed. Abel Lago (RRD, ESP), Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA), Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA), Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV), Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL), Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED), Rafael Aguado (North, ESP) and Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) all move from the first round into the third round. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) eliminated Javier Dias (JN Kites, ESP) but was later defeated by Abel Lago (RRD, ESP) in the third round. Lago was really on top of his game, cutting with great power and style. Brazilian rider Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA) had a successful day with great tacks all the way down the line moving him into the fourth round, which will resume tomorrow. Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA) was also in top shape defeating Brazilian Filippe Ferreira in the third round moving him into the fourth round against Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV). Mark Shinn (Shinn, GBR) defeated Diego Anta from Spain in the second round but was later eliminated by Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) in the third round due to an overall better new school style and power. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) had a great first round but was later eliminated my Ewaw Hill who moves into the third round due to his faster and more powerful cuts and turns. Sky Solbach (North, USA) had a great first round in the trials this morning, which led him to the second round in the main event against Miguel Ruiz Quezada (RRD, ESP). Solbach defeated Ruiz Quezada leading him into the third round against the 2010 Moroccan wave event champion, Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA). Glaza wiped out on the first wave crashing his board into the rocks destroying his fin boxes. Glaza lost nearly 2 minutes in an attempt to reach a second board while Solbach takes the win with higher scoring waves.
In the women’s wave division a total of two rounds were completed today. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) moves into the third round as well as Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) due to their impressive style. Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP) and Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) also move into the third round due to their powerful cuts and higher scoring waves. In the second round Angela Peral (North, ESP) defeated Almudena Naranjo (F-One, ESP) leading her into the third round against Grzelinska, which will be the first women’s heat tomorrow. Brazilian rider Milla Ferreira defeats Holly Kennedy (North, GBR) due to her overall better wave performance and style. French rider Penelope Pessin also moves into the third round defeating Spanish rider Laura Fernandez (Cabrinha, ESP).
Tomorrow’s mandatory riders’ meeting is scheduled at 10:30am for freestyle with a first possible 11:00am and 12:00pm for wave competitors.
The El Medano Kiteboarding World Cup is supported in part by: Volumen Canarias, Turismo Granadilla De Abona Turismo De Tenerife, Ilustre Ayuntamiento De Granadilla De Abona, Coca Cola, Red Bull, Cruzcampo, Hotel Aeropuerto Sur, Hotel Mare Nostrum Resort, ASEC El Medano, Club De Kitesurf Borde De Ataque, PKRA, IKA, ISAF.