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 second to the last leg of the 2010 PKRA Tour happening from November 23 to 28, 2010 is one of the most highly anticipated events in kiteboarding this year. The Tour stop dubbed “Teri Kite Pro 2010” is sponsored in part by Teri, Orangina, Nissan, LVLNC, Sea*Doo, Le Meridien Noumea, RFO Nouvelle Caledonie, Air Austral, Total, and will be held at the beautiful South Pacific Island of New Caledonia at Pointe Magnin, Nouméa home to the world’s largest enclosed lagoon with remarkable, crystal clear, and perfectly flat water.
Since this new location’s debut last year, its success adds to the excitement of both international and local riders such as Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) from Australia, New Zealand stars Marc Jacobs (Switch Kites, NZL) and Torrin Bright (Ozone, NZL), and last but not least New Caledonia superstar Tom Hebert. This year’s World Title for the Freestyle discipline is still up for grabs and is being contested by three of the most prolific and extreme riders in the world.
The current PKRA World Tour leader Andy Yates (Flexifoil, AUS) is holding on strong at the top of the overall ranking with 5,114 points and is eager to win his first world title. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) has the second highest amount of points, however due to his knee injury which occurred in Fuerteventura, Spain in August this year, he will no longer be able to finish the 2010 tour season which will result in a drop in his current ranking. It’s a close fight between Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) who has 4,639 points and Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) who is trailing by only 17 points with a total of 4,622 points. A podium position in New Caledonia is extremely important to both of these riders in order to gain a significant lead towards the PKRA World Title.
In the women’s freestyle rankings, Gisela Puildo (Airush, ESP) has a good lead, however Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) and Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) are following closely behind. It’s still anyone’s game! The mixture of high intensity kiteboarding action, the eagerness of the riders to capture a lead towards the World Title will surely make this upcoming event a smashing hit in kiteboarding entertainment.