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 Youth and Masters Course Racing World Championships will be held in Douarnenez, France , from May 13-15 (May 12 registration day). This age division world championship will feature youth (under 18 years), mastesr (35-44 years) and grand masters (45 years and over).
The age divisions are defines as follows:
youth: under 18: A competitor must not be older than the maximum age limit in the relevant age division by December 31st in the year of competition. This means competitors must NOT become 18 in 2011 but in 2012 earliest.
masters: 35 - 44: A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit in the relevant age division by December 31st before the year of competition. This means competitors MUST have become 35 in 2010 or earlier.
grand masters: 45 and over: A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit in the relevant age division by December 31st before the year of competition. This means competitors MUST have become 45 in 2010 or earlier.
More event information can be found shortly in the events calendar, as well as the Notice of Race