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 IKA Youth & Masters Race worlds were held in Brittany from 13th- 15th May 2011 and attracted more than 60 kiters from all over the world, including Canada, South Africa, Germany, England, Spain, Italy and of course France to compete for the first World Titles to be given away in 2011 by the IKA.
Superb racing conditions were held in the Dournenez bay with exciting fast racing in 13-20knots wind and sunshine. 13 races were completed by PRO Bruno de Wannemaeker, using varying courses which challenged the riders.
In the youth division it was Maxim Nocher (FRA) who took the World Title followed by Ozwald Smith (RSA) in second and then then Oliver Bridge (GBR) in third position.
In the Masters division it was a close battle between Bjorn Jensen (DEN) winning the event in front of Adam Vance (CAN) who was close in second with less than 3 points behind. Dirk Hanel (GER) secured third place, but taking the victory in the mens production division.
The Grand Masters division was decided in favour of local Herve Rousseau (FRA) in front of Normand McGuire (CAN) and Jan Stensborg (DEN)
In the Women Masters Category Steph Bridge (GBR) got the Title by winning 11 out of 13 races during the 3 days of competition.
All racers now prepare for the Open Course Racing Worlds in Sylt - Germany, from 28.06.-03-07.2011
1. Maxime Nocher (FRA) - 7.00 points
2. Oswald Smith (RSA) - 17.00 points
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 28.00 points
1. Bjorn Rune Jensen (DEN) - 15.50 points
2. Adam Vance (CAN) - 18.40 points
3. Dirk Hanel (GER) - 24.00 points
MENS PRODUCTION DIVISION
1. Dirk Hanel (GER) - 13.80 points
2. Simone Vanucci (ITA) - 14.80 points
3. Herve Rousseau (FRA) - 29.40 points
1. Herve Rousseau (FRA) - 49.00 points
2. Normand McGuire (CAN) - 95.00 points
3. Jan Stensborg (DEN) - 129.00 points
Full results can be found here