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 2011 championship rules have just been published. They contain small amendmends following up the experiences from the 2010 season, plus a few important new developments.
The championship rules can be found for download in the "About -> Rules -> Championship Rules Section".
The Championship Rules for Speed are still under revision and will be published as soon as possible.
The main changes are the introduction of official age divisions for the first time ever as well as the addition of Kite Cross as major discipline.
Kite Cross includes the former side disciplines BoarderX, Slalom, Long Distance (and some more) into one competition format with separate IKA world rankings.
More information about the discipline itseld as well as some introduction to the championship rules (for all disciplines) will be published in a separate release.