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.
KTA China will go ahead from November 25 till 29, 2010.
All registered riders will get free accommodation at this event, to ensure you get a free room we must receive your flight details at least 3 days before the event, we have a limited amount of rooms so first come first serve in this case.
Most nationalities require a visa to get into China, you must visit your nearest Chinese embassy in your own country prior to travel, normally it takes a week and costs around 50 USD, if you need it quickly you can get it in one day for double the price. A single entry tourist visa is fine for this trip.
There are some countries that require a letter of acceptance from the Competition to get this visa, please contact us directly if this is the case and the necessary documentation will be sent to you.
WIND - WEATHER - WATER
The Beach is a long private beach owned by the hotel and has onshore winds and flat water. The depth is chest deep for the first 100 meters, average wind speed in November would be 18 – 20 knots starting later in the morning and building throughout the afternoon.
GETTING HERE & HOTEL INFO
Hainan is an island so it involves one more flight once you get into China. There are 2 airports in Hainan, you must fly to Haikou Airport, from there it is around a one hour transfer to the hotel, there will be a free transfer service available for riders, please make sure to send your flight details at least 3 days before your arrival.
Via Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing (1 domestic flight 15kg baggage limit)
The easiest and cheapest route I found was going through Guangzhou (CAN) in China, most major airlines fly to this airport and then the connecting flight is only 50 minutes to Hainan, the airline to use is China Southern Airlines for this route, although we may have a deal with Hainan airways coming up to offer free baggage charges on the domestic flight it's not set in stone and their flights are more expensive
Please note the Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou on November 12- 27, seats may fill up soon and probably get more expensive.
Shanghai and Beijing also do daily flights to and from Hainan.
Via Hong Kong (no domestic flight, normal International baggage limit)
This is probably the easiest way but more expensive, although depending on how much kit your bringing it may work out cheaper avoiding the domestic flight baggage limit when going through Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing.
The flight time is approx 1Hour 20 Minutes.