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.
Langebaan Downwind Dash saw a record entry of more than 200 kiteboarders, fighting for points towards the IKA downwind racing rankings. The first IKA event of the season came to an ende with local Greg Thijsse from South Africa and Petra Goeschl from Germany finally on the top.The announcement of the final results of the event needed to be postponed, as a big group of racers was considered over early and all available video and foto footage had to be checked to verify the final results.
World record holder Alexandre Caizergues took second, and 50 knots man Seb Cattelan, both from France, in third. In the womens fleet, local Sjoukje Bredenkamp was abel to defend her second place against Helen Thompson from Great Britain.
The full results can be found here