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 final event of the PKRA World Tour season is set to kick off today in Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. A record amount of the top wave and freestyle riders from all around the world have made there way to the last registration of the year, which was held at the Ball Room in the lovely Gold Coast International hotel.
A spectacular opening ceremony was held at the Temple lounge where riders and crew mingled amongst the beautifully fashionable locals, celebrities and VIP guests.
The famous Gold Coast experience is Australia at its best. With an explosion of kiteboarding action packed days and fun filled nights enjoyed by millions of visitors every year, the Gold Coast has something to offer everyone. The Gold Coast is recognized globally as one of the most desirable places in the world to live. With over 70 kilometres of sand, sun and surf at your doorstep, so it’s clear to see why the Gold Coast is Australia’s number one holiday destination and the perfect place to hold the most prestigious and professional Kiteboarding World Tour, the PKRA.
The PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010 event is sponsored in part by Nissan, Cabrinha, Red Bull, Gold Coast International Hotel, Fakie and Temple with official partners Queensland Events, Gold Coast City Council, Tourism Queensland, Gold Coast Tourism, Katz Management, Glamorous Life Swimwear, Lovebirds Australia, Mojoz Swimwear with special support by Minotaur Sports Management Party Ltd. MSL – Michael Sing Lawyers, Keystone Events and 12 Below.