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.
Day 3 of the 2011 slslom world championships kicked off with a solid 12-15 knots breeze - unfortunately offshore and shifty which made setting a course impossible in the early hours.
The wind stabilised at 1200 enough to finalize yesterdays third round and then run another full 4 eliminations.
The semi finals of round three saw all the big names advancing without problems, but in the finals both Leroy (USA) and Villar (ESP) had a jump start and were disqualified, so the final was between Lake (USA) and Sroka (FRA), with Lake taking his first win of the event, and after yesterdays ninth place the discard he needed. In the womens finals it was again Adrien (FRA) ahead of Boese (GER) and Anton (ESP).
Round 4 was seeded for eight person heats again and no surprises so far, Leroy took the win ahead of Lake and Sroka. Same picture in the womens fleet, Adrien, then Boese and Sickinger (CAN).
Round 5 went ahead with 8 person heats again, causing better and better action in the upcoming wind. The final saw the usual suspects, but on the third leg of the course team USA tangled while trying to overtake Daubos (FRA) and thus couldnt finish. Garijo (ESP) won this round ahead of Sroka and Daubos. For the women it was again Adrien, Boese, and Anton.
After a short break round six went underway, with a couple of general recalls due to jump starts. Lake this time had the better speed to keep Leroy down, with Garijo in third. Adrien again ahead of Boese and Imbert (FRA) this time.
For the final race of the day the race committee called for a full fleet start with a really long first leg, with Lake and Leroy having the best speed of the fleet and keeping Garijo down in third. Boese won for the women this time, with Adrien in second and Imbert in third.
After seven round, in the mens fleet Leroy and Lake are tied at 4.1 points with Sroka in third, only 0.7 points ahead of Garijo.
In the womens fleet, Adrien is clear ahead of Boese and Anton.
Full results here (attention: there is a mistake in the order of riders, but the points are correct): http://www.sailingmurcia.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=54&Itemid=85
First pictures can be found at the photografers website: http://www.nicomartinez.com/galeriaDetalla.php?id=72157627768601497