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.
We surely made a huge step forward at this years ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboardings participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices...
- both parties could fight it out in a policy of non-cooperation, which may succeed in the short term but may well come back and bite one later
- the board sports community comes up with a creative solution and helps ISAF out of the self-created dilemma
ISAF council accepted - probably for the first time - the recommendation of its specialists committee and decided provisionally on a slate of events for the 2016 Olympics.
Following the explanations of the Events Committee as well of the Olympic Commission, listing 2 "Board" events for 2016 could mean either the one or the other - or a combination of both.
While setting two of the most attractive events against each other still doesnt look very wise in respect of the requirements of the International Olympic Committees Programme Commission, it is now up to us to "make a plan".
So what does this actually mean... ?
Windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games
Kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.
The first question that we should ask ourselves is wether we should allow ISAF to pitch the two board sports communities against each other, or if we are able to find a solution that allows both sports to keep its integrity while allowing both participation in the Games.
Surely the best thing would be to get ISAF to get another set of medals from the IOC, but as long as that has not happened it is up to us to work on where we want to be not only in 2016, but in the long term.
Kiteboarding is a new and exciting discipline in the world od sailing. ISAF and the IOC have recognized that.
This correspondent can only urge that the ISAF does all in it's power to ensure that both kiteboarding and windsurfing are showcased on the waters of Rio de Janeiro.