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 born between 2000 and 2003.
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.
Celline Collaud from Switzerland and Alberto Rondina from Italy performed best after five successful events throughout the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Congratulations for taking the first European Championship Titles !
76 riders from 11 nations were attending the final stage of the Kitesurf Tour Europe in Swinoujscie. “It was a great pleasure to host the series for the first time and it will be not the last” , Wojciech Gagorowski CEO of Event Factory S.C. said right after the ceremony.
For the final stage at the long white sandy beach of Swinoujscie the following riders reached the podium:
Italy’s Alberto Rondina kept his winning streak for the year with a win at this final stop ahead of German Champion Mario Rodwald. Fellow German Stefan Permien finished in third followed by Christophe Tack (18 years old) from Belgium in fourth and Polish rider Marek Rowinski from Kozobrzeg in the south of Poland in fifth.
The difficult conditions with partly offshore and gusty winds obviously favoured the polish female Freestylers. The first three places are from Poland! Warszaw resident Joanna Asia Litwin beat internationally most experienced Polish rider Ania Grzelinska from Wrozlaw who just celebrated her 23rd birthday on Thursday in a close final. Michalina Laskowska from Weadyseawowo kicked out Johara Sykes-Davies from the UK to finish third. So Swinoujscie became a triumph for the Polish ladies.
In Racing Bruno Sroka from France dominated against Bjoern Rune Jensen who had been close on his heals for the year’s rankings. Kathrin Borgwardt took the majority of the wins for the ladies taking the win for the final event.
Here are the results in brief – more please find here
Men’s European Freestyle Overall 2010
1. Alberto Rondina (Italy)
2. Mario Rodwald (Germany)
3. Stefan Permien (Germany)
Women’s European Freestyle Overall 2010
1. Celine Collaud (Switzerland)
2. Johara Sykes-Davies (UK)
3. Nicky Rudd (UK)
Men’s European Racing Overall 2010
1. Bruno Sroka (France)
2. Bjoern Rune Jensen (Denmark)
3. Rolf van der Vlugt (Netherlands)
Women’s European Racing Overall 2010
1. Katja Roose (Netherlands)
2. Kathrin Borgwardt (Germany)
3. Caroline Adrien (France)
The Kitesurf Tour Europe in 2010 was hosted in Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Poland and distributed a total Price Money of 60.000€. 152 riders from 17 nations participated in the fivecompetitions held in all kind of challenging conditions.