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 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.
With the release of the PKRA freestyle events the 2011 world schedule for the discipline of freestyle has been completed. Nine major events define the number of discards, with every riders best 7 results counting for the world ranking.
Another eleven continental tour events of the Kiteboard Tour Asia and the Kite Tour Europe are offering points for the competitors to gain, and several national open events are waiting to be added to the schedule offering even more opportunities to chose from.
All in all it looks like an exciting year for the freestyle discipline, and expectations are high if the 2010 world champions Andy Yates and Gisela Pulido are able to defend their titles.
Have a look here for the current event schedule: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=eventlist&Itemid=53
The schedules for the remaining disciplines will be published in the next days.