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.
Day1 of the 2011 Kite Slalom World Championships kicked of with light and shifting winds, causing the course to be set a couple of times during the day but not making a start possible before 1700 hours.
In winds averaging 6 knots the 23 competitors from all over the world went out to the waters of Mar Menor for the first ever ISAF recognized Kite Slalom World Championships.
Six heats could be completed before the wind died down to less than 4 knots making it impossible for the riders to head out to the starting area again, so racing was called off for the day with the mens semifinals and womens finals of round one coming up tomorrow in a stronger (forecasted) breeze.
Round one of the men saw 4 heats, with all the favourites advancing so far. Heat one kicked off with Gunnar Biniasch (GER) winning after overtaking Garcia (ESP) on the last leg in close racing. Heats 2-4 were easily won by the favourites in their heats Brian Lake (USA), Bruno Sroka (FRA) and Damien Leroy (USA). Also advancing to the semifinals of round 1 are Garcia, Garijo, Boadella and Villar.
In the womens fleet, 2 heats were run with the second one being close to be abandoned as the wind started dying, but both heats seing the favourites going through easily to the finals tomorrow. These are Boese (GER), Guerguivera (BUL) and Adrien (FRA). Two riders from the second semifinal had to be disqualified for being out of the time limit for finishing, leaving the final only go ahead with the top 3 riders.
The forecast for the upcoming two days is promising, with winds around 12-15 knots for Friday and even more for Saturday, which should be good for another few rounds of exciting action at Mar Menor.