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.
In the world of future-minded national authorities, the Danes are among the most forward thinking. The 29er class caught up with Danish Sailing Association Secretary General Dan Ibsen to hear how they view the world.
Here is the final and most important question in an interview with Dan Ibsen:
29er: If you could write the slate for the 2016 Olympics, what would it include?
Dan: If I personally should recommend a slate for future Olympics, it should include both world wide spread classes, where many different smaller and larger nations can compete, but the rest of the disciplines MUST be high performance and thereby fast and visually attractive for spectators and TV-media and live-streaming on Internet. Among the last four disciplines there should be skiff for both men and women , multihull with double trapeze and asymmetrical spinnaker and personally I believe that kiteboarding as soon as possible should be included in the Olympics. It is a problem with only 10 medals in sailing, and I personally believe that ISAF should ask IOC for more medals in the future; Other sports are getting more medals, but we cannot expect to have more sailors. This can be solved by partly continental qualifiers for the Olympics, so as many countries as possible get a possibility to qualify for the Olympics at their continent. Two more medals would help sailing to have a better spread of events/disciplines, including the ones that can expose the sport to spectators and live media.
For the full interview, check here: http://www.29er.org/