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.
The Course Racing schedule has been updated in the events section, now listing a total of 20 events to chose from. Another two events (European Championship in the second half of June and Asian Championship second half of November) will be added as soon as the dates are fixed.
There are currently 8 major events on the calendar, together with the European and Asian Championships the number of major events will raise to 10, with each riders best 7 out of all results counting for the world rankings.
The eventcalendar at http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=eventlist&Itemid=53 is listing not only the events and their confirmation status but also the points to win for the world ranking as well as the pricemoney up for grabs.
The total prize money available on all course racing events in 2011 has grown to more than 160000 US$.