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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
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.
Thursday morning and the second day of the Kitesurf Tour Europe was promising for racing first thing in the morning. Skippers meeting at 10am announced that racing would begin at 10.30.
The racers pumped their biggest kites as the wind was very light. Bruno Sroka and Bjorn Jensen who are fighting for first place in the men’s fleet where first on the water to test the conditions. But the wind was dropping and they had no chance of staying upwind. Racing was on hold for the rest of the day but unfortunately the wind didn’t show an appearance again.
Riders entertained themselves with a team volleyball match that entertained the expectant Swinousjcie crowds. First place went to the team Muraton, in second was the Polish Ksieciu Team, and Kite Point Riders finished in third. Well done as the competition was tough!
Competition was called off for the day by 4pm and we wait for a better forcast for tomorrow and a skippers meeting of 10am. See you there!