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 Canadian Kiteboarding Association (CKA) is pleased to announce its formation as the official governing body for Kiteboarding in Canada. The CKA will join the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) recognized world-governing body for the sport of kiteboarding.
“Today marks an important day for our sport in Canada”, said Ben McNabb, Chairman of the CKA. “Not only does it provide Canada with a governing body for competition, but it fuels the global campaign to have kiteboarding included at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro”.
In its inaugural year the CKA will work with event organizers to implement internationally recognized competition rules and unify the Canadian kiteboarding scene with a national ranking. Doing so allows Canada to call upon its best talent and send a strong contingent of athletes to international competition.
“We are more than happy to welcome the CKA as the latest addition to the IKA family of national member classes”, said Markus Schwendtner of the IKA executive committee in Germany. “We look forward to the important input from the North American kiteboarding community towards the continued development of our rules and regulations, and for exciting competitions held on the waters of Canada” he added.
From coast to coast the CKA has received overwhelming support, including that of Canadian pro rider, Sam Medysky. “I’m really excited to see the CKA come together and even more excited to officially represent my country at international competitions and with fingers crossed, the 2016 Olympic Games.”
So is the CKA.