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.
Following its success in 2008, Mexico is back on the 2011 PKRA Tour Calendar as the second official stop of the 2011 PKRA Tour Season which will be held from March 22nd through March 27th, 2011
The best-seeded racers in the world will have the chance to compete in Riviera Maya Mexico’s warm turquoise waters. This is an epic kiteboarding destination famous for its consistent winter winds ranging anywhere from 10 to 25 knots, hot, sunny days, endless parties and 100% Mexican hospitality. Playa del Carmen is a fun and exciting venue with thousands of spectators who travel from all around the world to catch a glimpse of all the world-class professional kiteboarding athletes in action. The town of Playa del Carmen is known as the heart of the world famous “Riviera Maya” with its many kilometers of powdery white sandy beaches, and crystal clear Caribbean water.
As an added attraction a Freestyle Pro Competition will be held with a $10,000 USD Prize Purse. 2 Top ranked PKRA riders will be invited, all expenses paid. 3 wildcards will be awarded by the organizer to outstanding Mexican riders. 7 spots left will be granted to the top 7 riders from the trials.
Distribution of $10,000 USD will take place as indicated below.
Mexico Freestyle Pro
Total $10,000.00 USD
The Freestyle Pro will be judged taking into consideration both old school and new school tricks, rewarding the rider that can perform both tricks in the most outstanding style and fashion. Basic new school and old school tricks will be expected but not requited. The Freestyle Pro will be run in a Round Robin elimination format described below with 12 participating male riders:
The round robin freestyle elimination format means the 12 riders will be divided into two groups of 6 riders. The 6 riders in each group will compete in men to men heats 5 times. Each heat will be against a different rider of the group. Two judges will be scoring the heats, each giving a winner or a looser. Therefore each rider will get 2 points for winning each heat (both judges giving it to the winner), 1 point for tying (each judge giving the heat to different riders), and 0 points for loosing.
The two riders from each group with the highest scores will advance into a knockout semifinal round, and then into the finals.
Racing Prize Money Distribution