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.
It was yet another beautiful day here on the Australian Gold Coast. Even though the wind decided to tease us by coming in and out most of the day, riders as well as tourists, locals and hundreds of beach goers indulged some of Mother Nature’s perfect gifts such as beautiful blue skies, sunshine and surf while waiting for the wind to kick in for some thrilling kiteboarding action.
A couple of attempts were made to run the wave discipline today however the wind was uncooperative. Most of the competitors that were on stand-bye spent the biggest part of the day chilling in the sun, standup paddling, and surfing. After hearing from race director, Olaf Van Tol that the competition will be postponed until more suitable wind conditions are present, Mitu Monteiro grabbed his surfboard and rushed out on the water for a morning surf session. Later on in the day Monteiro was out yet again on his 12m kite having fun in the waist high waves while eagerly anticipating the wind to comeback.
Some riders were still pretty chipper considering their super late night after the fashion show at the Temple where beautiful girls modeled sexy bikini apparel and danced the night away at the hottest after parties. Surfers Paradise is known for the young crowds looking for a good time and most are having the time of their lives here in Australia.
Australian rider Keahi De Aboitiz was out on the water catching nearly every wave, chop or rivulet performing 360 aerials and clearly having fun today.
Tomorrow’s wind forecast is looking great therefore the mandatory riders meeting is set for 8:00am.
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.