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 Polish Kiteboarding Association (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Kiteboardingu - PSKite) is the latest addition to the family of national kiteboarding associations affiliated to the International Kiteboarding Association.
PSKite Chairman Adam Szymanski said: “We would like to take a part in the process of fast developments on the international kitesurfing scene. Polish riders are seen and known around the world...
They travel, compete and win in numerous international events. We want to share their experience and achievements to have positive input within IKA. The success of the final stop of Kitesurf Tour Europe in Świnoujście, finished just days ago, proved we have potential not only in riders but in an event organization too” .
"We are happy to welcome the Polish riders inside the IKA" said IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner. "Poland has plenty of top skilled riders and beautiful beaches, so this is a very welcome move and we are looking forward to the cooperation with PSK in our committees" he concluded.