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.
A lot of fuss is currently being made in the sailing world about the question how to make sailing events more attractive to spectators and media.
One thing everybody is talking about at the moment is the so called "Stadium Racing Format" or similar constructions. Artemis Sailing Team Coach Andrew Palfrey described the recent races of Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series as "held right up by the shore and the course constructed more for the spectators' benefit than the sailors."
Well, we here at IKA are not quite sure if we should sacrifice fair racing for the sake of spectator entertainment, however bringing the action closer to the audience is certainly something one should do anyway - and which is done since the very beginning in kiteboard racing with great success.
With courses set within meters off the shoreline, grandstands build for the spectators and a wide variety of etertainment on the beach for racing addicts and visitors coming just to have a good time at the event site, kiteboard racing is surely leading the pack in terms of event setup and integrated entertainment ideas to attract not only the special interest audience, but also the general interest visitors.
(c) Claus Döpelheuer (c) Toby Bromwich
Kiteboarding as well as our friends from the windsurfing community always had a focus on giving the crowd a show WHILE conserving fair racing for the competitors. We rather have developed spectator-friendly formats, be it course races with short, multiple laps and finishing times of only 15 minutes to ensure action close to the beach, or the elimination knock out format "Kite Cross" where competitors are racing in heats and are cheered down the course by their fans along the shoreline.
Looks like the boardsports community can provide a lot of ideas to the sailing world that would please the requirements of the IOC for more media and spectator attractivity. Having the most spectator and media friendly formats it remains a mysterium why these exciting and different formats have been pitched against each other in the slate for the Olympic Sailing Competition. Lets hope that common sense prevails in the end.