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.
When it rains, it definitively pours here on the Gold Coast. The seventh day of competition ended in the mid afternoon hours today due to the heavy rain, and non-existent wind. Riders and crew gathered at the event site in hopes of a change in the wind and weather forecast.
Despite the gloomy weather today, some riders just chilled while others such as the Flexifoil beauties Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) and Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GBR), as well as the North hunks Reno Romeu (North, BRA) and Mario Rodwald (North, GER) and a few others decided to take advantage of the fabulous surfing conditions.
A beach volleyball tournament was held inches away from the event site where heaps of women showed off their powerhouse athletic abilities.
The young beautiful bikini models from the Temple fashion show were also out at the beach today, posing for pictures in the rain with a few of the top named riders such as Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) the 2010 PKRA freestyle world tour title champion and Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) the Gold Coast PKRA freestyle single elimination winner.
The weather forecast for the last day of competition here on the Gold Coast looks very promising. Riders and crew will be eagerly waiting for any brief or sudden breaks in the weather in hopes of getting out on the water to show off some extreme kiteboarding action.
Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 10:00am.
The PKRA Gold Coast Kitesurfing Pro 2010 event is sponsored in part by Nissan, Cabrinha, Red Bull, Gold Coast International Hotel, Fakie and The 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.