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.
Kicking off the Kite Surf Pro’s (KSP) inaugural World Championship Kite Wave Tour on September 23, 2011, the remote African island of Mauritius will host the first of three kite surfing world tour stops this season.
Sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), the KSP is the official world championship kite surfing tour, a non-profit association launched at the beginning of the year that aspires to showcase the pinnacle of kite surfing in the best conditions on the planet — the near-perfect fusion of wind and waves that top kite surfers dream of.
A class association within the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) governs the sport of kiteboarding, which is broken up into three main disciplines: freestyle kiteboarding, kiteboard racing and kite surfing, which is essentially surfing with a kite.
Promising to deliver high-caliber and action-packed kite surfing, the KSP One Eye Pro on Mauritius will take place September 23 to October 2, 2011. One Eye, the world-renowned Mauritian kite surfing wave, will set the stage for the first of three 2011 KSP World Tour events. Amidst stunning scenery, pristine turquoise waters, and perfect surf, the event will take place directly in front of the Indian Resort & Spa, at the base of Le Morne Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Truly a global tour, the men’s division of the KSP will feature 22 competitors from more than 10 countries, including Airton Cozzolino (Italy), Bruno Bordovsky (Brazil), Bear Karry (USA), Ethienne Lhote (France), Filippe Ferreira (Brazil), three-time Kite Surfing World Champion Guilly Brandao (Brazil), Ian Alldredge (USA), Jeremie Eloy (France), Jesse Richman (HI), John Amundson (HI), Jon Modica (USA), Juan Pablo Diban (Chile), Lee Harvey (Great Britain), Marc Ramseier (Switzerland), 2007 Kite Surfing World Champion Martin Vari (Argentina), Mauricio Pedreira (Brazil), 2008 Kite Surfing World Champion Mitu Monteiro (Cabo Verde), Nuno Figueiredo (Portugal), Patri McLaughlin (HI), Sebastien Schmitt (Reunion), Sky Solbach (USA), plus serveral alternate riders.
The women’s lineup for the 2011 KSP tour consists of: Adriana Harlan (H), Ines Correira (Portugal), Kelly Wren Strachan (USA), three-time Kite Surfing World Champion Kirsty Jones (Great Britain), two-time Kite Surfing World Champion Kristin Boese (Germany), Maayke Tadema (Netherlands), Marie Gauton (France), Melissa Gil (Costa Rica), Milla Knese (Brazil), Suzanne Kuiper (Netherlands), plus several alternates.
Raising the number of competitors to 36, three local Mauritian riders (two male and one female) will join the event as well. Designed to give undiscovered talent a chance to compete with the kitesurfing elite, the Wild Cards for the KSP One Eye Pro have been awarded, through a local video competition, to Max Bonieux, Patrick Desvaux de Marigny and Elsa Saintville.
Following the first KSP tour stop in Mauritius, the remaining stops will be held in Pasacamayo, Peru and Ponta Preta, Cape Verde — October 19 to 28 and December 2 to 11, respectively.
For more information, please visit KSPworldtour.com. And don’t miss the KSP One Eye Pro streamed live online, starting September 23, 2011.