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.
Here is the latest bit of Damos video blog, on his way from the world championships in Sylt to the North American Championships in Puerto Rico.
The first day of racing here proved to be a difficult one, after skippersmeeting at 10:00 the fleetw as supposed to head out to the course area at 12:00 for the first start, when a heavy rainsquall hit the course area and the start had to be postponed. Even with marks as high as 2.5 meters it would have been impossible to see them, even from nearby.
After the rain went, the fleet hit the water at 12:15 and it looks like Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) is keen for a revanche for the worlds results, beating Johnny Heineken (USA, Ozone) in second and Damien Leroy (USA, Cabrinha) in third.
The next start was then scheduled for 13:30, and shortly after the start the wind died completely so the race had to be abandoned. After everybody was back at the beach the race committee went for a shortened course due to the lighter wind, as shortly before the re-run of this race a big black storm front hit the area, and that was it for the day. Rarely an event has seen so much water falling down.
So after one day there is only one race completed, with hopefully more to come in the next days. As a maximum of six races can be run per day it looks like some more work for both racers and race committee to come back to schedule.
Full results at http://results.extremience.com