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".
World Sailing, IKA and GKA have agreed to share the responsibilities for the Expression Disciplines with the Open World Titles awarded through professional tours.
Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls born between 2000 and 2003.
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 next two national kite class associations just joined the IKA family, the one is Austria and the other one is Taiwan. Welcome !
"AKA was founded to support kiteboarding on a competitive level and the sport in general. Not having sea access did not hinder Austrians from establishing a wind and water sports tradition of success in the past. Our lakes shall also be the playground for our future champs and for everyone who loves this sport as much as we do." said Christoph Sieber, President of the Austrian Kite Association.
Markus Schwendtner, Executive Secretary of the International Kiteboarding Association, added that "we are more than happy about the healthy growth of the class, with Austria and Taiwan we already have five new members joining IKA in the first month of the year, and we are just about to finalize membership details with several more from all over the world."