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 kiteboarding championship rules see an addition in the line-up of major events. The new major discipline is called "Kite Cross" and incorporates the former side-disciplines as BoarderX, Slalom, Long Distance, Crossings etc. into one competition format with official world ranking and championship title.
As a natural progression of racing as well as being the perfect crossover discipline between the various kiteboarding disciplines, KiteCross is designed to bring the action close to the beach and right in front of the crowds and media in an easy to understand K.O. elimination system.
Fully utilizing recent developments in equipment, the KiteCross format allows a wide variety of courses to be set, enabling each race to be tailored in a way that allows both public and TV cameras to easily follow the competition, creating maximum excitement, interaction and enjoyment for spectators both on the beach and watching the event on TV.
Courses are generally based around downwind or figure-eight slalom courses (with or without obstacles to jump over), but can include any number of variations, some of the most dramatic of which include including long distance and between the island style races for the entire fleet. The spectacle of up to one hundred riders blasting across a start line, at over thirty knots, to do battle over miles of open water has to be seen to be fully appreciated !
The majority of competitions will be held on downwind slalom courses with or without obstacles in a multiple single elimination format, where only a number of competitors advance from round to round. While the final championships are not published yet it is expected that the format follows an adopted "no rules" format with direct refereeing and only a minimal set of rules like "boards on opposite tacks" and "dangerous sailing".
The preliminary championship rules can be found here.
The dates for the 2011 world and continental championships (champions decided in one-off events) are to be published beginning of January 2011.