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.
Guilly Brandao (BRA, Mormaii) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) have taken the 2010 world titles in wave riding after the final event held at Australias Gold Coast last week.
Even with the final 2010 event not providing any results, Brandao showed to be the most versatile rider of the year, from the small waves in Morocco to huge swell and nuking wind in Teneriffe. Mitu Monteiro (CAB, F-One) was only beaten by a few points in the end, and Ian Owczarzak Glaza (BRA, Mormaii) came into third.
In the womens fleet, Pulido finished the year with the same points as Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) and won only due to the tie breaking rules. Ainhoa Garcia (ESP, Airush) came in third.
Congratulations to all world champions !