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 KTA Asia tour is taking to the road again for its 2nd season with the first round to take place in the first part of Asia the East meets West country of Turkey.
The 7800 KTA Turkey will be taking place in Cesme from the 22 – 26 September 2010. The tour launches with a with a US 10,000 cash prize purse courtesy of the events co-title sponsors 7800 the resort sponsor and event host, with Audi A1. Along with a further US 10,000 in equipment from the KTA tour sponsors Cabrinha and Maelstrom.
Freestyle and Course racing will again be the world ranking events under the IKA/ISAF sanction at continental tour level. Under this sanction the KTA will also award the Asian Championship for Asian born riders alongside its own KTA Tour Champions, which is open to all nationalities.
Course racing will this year see two-classes with race board and a twin-tip sub-class, to keep the entry open and competitive to everyone who would like to take on the experience and challenge of this growing aspect of kiteboarding competition.
By popular demand an Old School Big Air series is being planned to run as a continuous cup within the tour and will kick off in Cesme. So for all you hooked in specialists this could be an interesting season for you.
So lots coming up its what looks like a very exciting season, so check out the KTA website for the details.
See you at the KTA !