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 fifth and final tour stop for the Kitesurf Tour Europe is here in a fabulous new event location, Swinoujscie, on the Baltic Sea, Poland. A stunning long white beach greeted the riders as they gathered for registration this morning for the start of the event.
With events at new locations like Swinoujscie, it opens up the field for riders from more corners of Europe to get involved with the International competition scene. Sure enough there is a great turn out for this event, with 49 men and 13 women in total registered for freestyle, racing or both.
The morning looked promising with wind blowing cross off shore from the left of the beach. Briefing was held at midday by Swinoujscie officials, MarKus, head of the IKA, along with tips from our head judge. As the wind was strong enough the event kicked off with the Freestyle Single eliminations by 12.30.
The conditions grew increasingly variable as groups of clouds came over Swinoujscie beach during the first few heats, making kite size choice for riders very difficult. The men worked as hard as they could to perform as best they could in the testing conditions. In the first heat Jerrie Van de kop finished ahead of Johnno Scholte, Christophe Tack passed through to Tomek Janiak. Poland’s Lukasz Maciejewski and Mike Blomvall won their heat to Schueller and Luppi respectively.
From then on the wind was so up and down all afternoon with the weather fronts that the heat’s had to be stopped and started continually. This is both testing and tiring for the riders and tough on the nerves of the organization! The momentum kept slowing trucking on and they managed to run the first and majority of the second round of the men, along with the first round of the women.
As the afternoon progressed, Stefano Martinelli, Tijn Van Esch, Bram Bast, Mario Rodwald, Stefan Permien, Poland’s Tomek Daktera, Stefan Spiessberger, Marek Rowinski, Victor Borsuk, Poland’s Wojtek Issel and Alberto Rondina all progressed to the next round. Their ability to assess the conditions and adapt as the weather quickly changed paid off, as Rondina hung on to his 14m in gigantic squall as a cloud came over!
In the women’s first round, Kathrin Borgwardt won with some solid tricks against Sofia Lennartsson, Poland’s Michalina
Laskowska won to Czech’s Paula Novotna and Annie de Jong passed to the next round ahead of Nuria Goma.
As the wind continued to wane up and down, Tack, Blomvall, Martinelli, Rodwald, Permian and Daktera all got through to the last eight riders for the men before the wind totally subsided for the evening at around 7pm.
A long day was had by all but everyone was pleased that we could make use of the conditions and get the first rounds completed ready for the better forecast towards the weekend.
Tomorrow’s skipper’s meeting will be held at 10am, with a possible start of 10.30. Depending on the conditions we will either start the Race division for the event or continue with the second round of the Freestyle Single Eliminations.