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.
The countdown begins to the KTA Vietnam in Mui Ne next week – the 15th – 19th February. Its round two of the Asian Freestyle and KTA Freestyle Tour Championships, along with for the first time ever a full blown Asian Old Skool Championship event and you thought staying hooked in was a thing of the past.
Hosted by our key partners and sponsors for this round C2Sky (http://c2skykitecenter.com/) the KTA is excited to be returning in its third season to Mui Ne which can serve up some of the strongest winds and hardcore water conditions that we see on the tour. Last year there was a blip as the wind held off at the beginning of the event, but by the end it came through and results and Frenchie’s camera work speak for themselves.
As has been said before this one is from the grassroots up and we would like to say a big thank you to the local support and input being given to the KTA Vietnam. Particularly we would like to thank local co-sponsors Unique, the Kinn Team, Ocean Republic and Mui Mart for providing infrastructure help, the social events and locations during the competition, ensuring that the KTA vibe on and off the water is complete. So check out the full event schedule on the KTA Vietnam location page to see what is in store.
With US$10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, along with world ranking points for the sanctioned disciplines there’s a lot to get on the water for. Huge thanks once again to the KTA Co-Sponsor and key brand sponsor Cabrinha along with tour brand sponsors Underground and Maelstorm for their continued solid backing. So whether you are a freestyle competitor, Old Skool rider or Big Air specialist if you come in first you will take a new Cabrinha kite, second place riders hook up with an Underground board and third places will have hands on to Maelstorm prizes package of goodies. Even if you don’t hit one of the top three slots in any of the comps don’t despair as their will be other chance throughout the week to land yourself some event takeaways and prizes, but you need to be there to find out how and what!
Due to the funding ups and downs of this season the KTA Riders Grant which normal financially supports where it can up and coming riders to compete is being approached from a different angle. So at each round this year the most promising local rider at the event (as judged by the judge team) not in one of the top three positions will be awarded as the best new local talent their own custom board from Kiwi based board builder Sprockett Boards, who is supporting rider development via the KTA Riders Grant Scheme for the season.
So if you’re in the region pack your bags and get over to Mui Ne next week for an event to remember and if not follow us through our daily Facebook and video reports.
See you in Vietnam!
C2Sky – www.c2skykitecenter.com
Cabrinha - www.cabrinhakites.com
Tour Brand Sponsors
Underground – www.undergroundkiteboard.com
Maelstorm - www.maelstormgear.com
Local Sponsors –
Unique – www.muineuniqueresort.com
Oceans Republic – www.oceans-republic.com
Mui Mart - www.muimart.com