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.
In our recently published article about the meetings we had in St. Peter Ording regarding the develoment of the class and championship rules for racing we forgot to add an important topic.
All feedback we received from the riders has been forwarded to the executive committee as recommendation from the athletes, and will result in submissions made to the AGM. However, every competitor is highly encouraged to think about what has been said and reported, and to discuss it with his national kite class association.
The decisions in the end are made by the AGM, and only the national kite associations which are members of the IKA have a vote here, so if you want to change things, then get in touch with your class to ensure they are voting in your interest.
One of the main outcomes of the meetings in St. Peter Ording was that there are a lot of opinions, especially about numbers of kites and poduction equipment. We surely learned this year that 3 kites create problems for a majority of riders, so change on this specific matter is quite likely, however it is up to you riders to discuss with your representatives what a good number will be. Same for the other issues.
So again, everybody is encouraged to discuss these (and any other issues) with their representatives, and in return all national kite associations are encouraged to get in touch with their members to get their feedback.