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 recently published championship rules 2011 now contain provisions for official age categories. The main categories are:
Youth: under age 18 in the year of the competition
Senior: open to competitors of all ages
Master: over age 35 in the year of the competition
Two additional age categories are added for individual disciplines, being
Junior: under age 14 in the year of the competition (only for the freestyle discipline)
Grand Master: over age 45 in the year of the competition (for all disciplines except freestyle)
It is intended to hold separate championship events for youth and junior riders in the freestyle discipline as well as separate championship events for youth and masters in the course racing discipline. The dates are to be published beginning of January 2011.
All racing and speed events are encouraged to have separate rankings for all age divisions. 5 competitors are needed to constitute a division.