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.
Argentina is not only home to the first ever PKRA World Champion Martin Vari, it will also host the 8th stop of the 2010 PKRA Tour season.
The famous Patagonian town of Bariloche will hold an outstanding event not to mention the first and only competition being held on a lake this season.
Freestyle and Course Racing will be the two official disciplines, and we expect to have many new riders from numerous parts of the South American countries such as; Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil as well as a large representation of local Argentinians who will join the usual world cup veteran riders in delivering an amazing show to the Argentinan crowd.
The Course Racing part of this event is also awarded the IKA South American Championship title this year, making it especially attractive for riders to participate and win important points for the Racing World Ranking.
With only 3 events left in the 2010 season, it will be a tight race for the world championship title. In the men's division, Andy Yates, Alex Pastor and Youri Zoon are only a few points apart and this event could make all the difference as to who will be crowned the 2010 World Champion.
In the women's division, 2009 World Champion Bruna Kajiya will be competing at her very best in hopes of breaking down the lead that current tour leader Gisela Pulido has.
Riders are to expect very different conditions on Lake Nahuel Bariloche, and possibly the coldest event of the year. The preparations for the event are going very well, and the organizers are getting advice from Martin Vari on the event setup. Argentina 2010 will make a big impact on Kiteboarding.