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 the 2011 Slalom World Championships, the USA’s Damien Leroy is leading the men’s division having come out top in both of the two rounds sailed. He is ahead of France’s Bruno Sroka, who came third in both rounds with Spain’s Miguel Villar third overall. American favourite Bryan Lake, from San Francisco, didn’t have the best day. He finished second after a close battle with Leroy in the first round, but in the second missed his heat. “I blew it. I went away from my equipment for 10 minutes and when I came back it was super-tangled. It took me 10 minutes to get it undone and I missed the start of my race.” Lake now stands fifth overall.
“I am trying to stay positive. I beat Damien at the Course Racing Worlds this year. It is tough for a lot of competitors. You feel sorry for the guys who crash their kites in the water and they end up swimming the whole time and miss their races. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll get some better breeze.”
Among the women, France’s Caroline Adrien is leading, who like LeRoy won both rounds, to lead Germany Kristin Boese, who finished second in both rounds.
Holding third is Eugenia Gueorguieva, originally from Bulgaria but who has been living in the USA for the last 11 years since going to school there. She only started competing regularly on her kiteboard this year on San Francisco Bay, but during this time says she has been improving rapidly which promoted her to come to Murcia for the inaugural Kite Cross World Championship.
She, like Lake, started strongly yesterday but didn’t do too well today. “I am missing one key sized kite. My 13 [sqm] blew up in the air – it just exploded. So I have a 11 and 16 sqm, but today I could have used the 13. That always happens when you need it.” She was going to use her 16sqm kite in the last race today until it was called it off when the breeze dropped below the minimum of 6 knots.
“I like the Mar Menor a lot,” said Gueorguieva. “If the wind was stronger it would be perfect. The water is warm, the jelly fish were a bit scary in the beginning but they don’t sting, so that’s fine.”
On Saturday the wind is supposed to pick up to around 15 knots, which should allow to finish the third round and then continue with more racing in 8-person heats to get some more scores in.