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.
December 12th 2012 finally saw the wind play ball for the Hong Kong Kiteboard Federation (HKKF) and allowed it to successfully complete its first national class race day on Hong Kong waters. The winds here can be very fickle and it can take a lot of commitment to get a weekend day-off and enough knots to work in combo. Billed as the HK New Year’s Race it has taken three hits to pull it off, so lucky we have two New Year’s to choose from over here. Certainly it was worth the wait in the end for the fantastic atmosphere and competiveness that marked the day. Racing on a windward / leeward course the 20 strong mixed class fleet of both race boards (RB) and twin-tip (TT) fought it out in the beautifully flat water conditions at Shui Hau Wan on Lantau Island one of Hong Kong’s main kiting locations. For the HKKF this now marks their second successful competition, with this weekend’s event following on from a friendship event towards the end of last year with riders from mainland China over on the East coast in Xaiman.
Certainly it is really encouraging to see the national competition scene’s and associations beginning to develop and find voice around Asia over these past two years with national events now being held in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand as well as Hong Kong with the first Philippines nationals also on the cards in a joint venture between the KTA and the Philippines Watersports Association this season.
For now though big congratulations to Hong Kong and the HKKF for hopefully the first of many national events to come - congratulations also to the winners and everyone who took part over the weekend.
RB Class TT Class
1. Jay Chau Edward Wong
2. Cheng Man Chau Mike Wong
3. Ho Chi Ho Sean Ng