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.
It is less than four weeks to go until the European kiteboarding elite will gather at the beautiful beach of St. Gilles Croix de Vie to crown the European champions in freestyle and tour champions in course racing. From October 26th to November 01st, more than 30.000 spectators are expected to come to the small village at the Atlantic coast for holidays - the perfect environment to choose the winners!
73 Riders pre-registered for KTE France
The pre-registration for the KTE France ended yesterday and 73 riders from 14 countries already signed up for the final tour stop. Until now, 35 riders will compete in the men freestyle division, 15 in women freestyle, 24 in course racing men and 7 in the women's course racing fleet with more to come registering at the event site. Most of the top-riders on the tour have guaranteed their participation including local French rider Seb Garat, German freestyle leader Mario Rodwald, the fastest European Julien Kerneur from France as well as Asia Litwin (freestyle women) and Katja Roose, quickest European woman.
Event infos KTE France online
All infos around the Kitesurf Tour Europe in St. Gilles Croix de Vie from October 26th to November 01st can be found here. It includes general information about the beautiful village of St. Gilles Croix de Vie, the kitesurf spot as well as wind and weather conditions. Moreover, you can get rich insights of how to travel to the event and where to stay best. Finally, a preliminary schedule presents the most important side events and competition timetable - interesting both for competitors and spectators.
Countdown to KTE France on Facebook
In order to present the KTE riders in more detail, we are currently running the "Countdown to KTE France" on our KTE Facebook site. We already presented UK top-rider Ned Taylor, German young-gun Florian Gruber as well as Italian Erik Volpe, Norwegian Yannecke Stav and Portuguese freestyle champion Paulino Pereira. This week, we got an interview with UK rider Luke Whiteside, who admires Liverpool football player Steven Gerrard, would like to share a room with Audrina Patridge during the Kitesurf Tour Europe and would change life with Richard Branson to fly around the world...
So, stay tuned on the KTE riders with more to come in the following days and weeks!