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 weather conditions have been pretty much the same as in the past couple of days. Rainsqualls followed by clear sunny breaks and average winds. The competition began on time this morning as scheduled under sunny skies with occasional cloudy periods and stable winds averaging 12-15 knots.
Sky Solbach (North, USA) was the first competitor to advance into the third round of heats eliminating Australian riders Luca Hearn (North, AUS) and Nathan Katterns (F-ONE, AUS). Solbach made the best out of a poor wave selection and performed with great power and style however needed a bit more wind to perform at the top of his ability.
F-One rider Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) had the highest score on the judge’s sheets this morning with a total of 9.83 points. Monteiro performed clean and clear turns with great power, speed and flow.
The competition was postponed after the third heat of the day for a couple of hours due to the deteriorating wind and extreme rain conditions, but at 2:00pm there was a break in the bad weather and the competition resumed under sunny skies with peaks of blue.
Brazilian rider Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) dominated the score sheets this afternoon overtaking Monteiro previous high score of 9.83 points with an overall higher score totaling 11.43 points putting Australian riders Mark Gee (Ben Wilson Surf, AUS) and Scott Johnson (Slingshot, AUS) back to the second round. Javi Diaz Amores (F-One, ESP) took first place in the fifth heat of the day leading him to the third round while Florian Daubos (Naish, FRA) and Daniel Bevan (F-One, AUS) will compete in the second round of the dingle elimination ladder.
In the final round of the men’s wave division heats, Australian rider Keahi De Aboitiz will join today’s first place winners moving him into the third round. De Aboitiz’s surf style, clean cut turns and smooth flow led him to a total of 11.27 points, which is just under Glaza’s high score of 11.43 meaning the current wave tour leader Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA) will be set back to the second round along with Troy Gibson (Slingshot, AUS).
The first round of women’s wave heats were successfully completed this afternoon. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) led the score sheets with a total of 7.73 points enabling her as well as Kristin Boese (Best, GER), Michel Blinkhorn (Cabrinha, AUS) and Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) a spot in the third round.
Polish rider Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL), Holly Kennedy (North, GRB), Jalou Langeree (Naish, NED) as well as Marine Sudre (Cabrinha, AUS) all take second and will move back to the second round while Michelle England (Slingshot, AUS), Shannon Ducker (ozone, AUS), Alumudena Naranjo (F-One, ESP), and Chrissy Gaudieri (North, AUS) fall into third place but will also compete in the second round.
Tomorrow’s mandatory riders meeting will be held at the event site at 10:00am.
Current competition leaders:
1. Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) 11.43 points
2. Keahi De Aboitiz (Cabrinha, AUS) 11.27 points
3. Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) 9.83 points
4. Sky Solbach (North, USA) 9.67 points
5. Abel Lago (RRD, ESP) 8.33 points
6. Luca Hearn (North, AUS) 8.17 points