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.
Johnny and Erika Heineken (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) are dominating the 2012 course racing worlds after seven races of the qualifying/opening series.
Scirocco winds of 15-18 knots average provided a welcomed change from yesterdays light wind racing, testing different skill levels compaired to yesterdays light wind racing.
In the mens fleet, Johnny Heineken (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) is clear ahead of anybody else, winning each and every single race.
After re-seeding the fleet of 153 men and 42 women from all continents of the world after yesterdays light wind races, today saw four races completed for all four fleets for a total of seven.
Two discards in the qualifying series allow a couple of top sailors to make their way up again to the top of the fleet, with Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Mikes Lab/Ozone), Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD) and Adam Koch (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone)being tied in points in second to fourth place.
In the womens fleet, Johnnys sister Erika is fully dominating the fleet with seven bullets, as well as Steph Bridge (GBR, North) having finished every single race in 2nd position. Caroline Adrien (FRA, Aguera/Cabrinha), Nayara Licariao (BRA, North) and Katja Roose (NED, Airush) are close behind, securing medal race chances.
Racing continues tomorrow with the final series of the men and additional opening series races for the women, before the 2012 world champions will be decided on Sunday in a best of three format.
The mens fleet is now split into gold, silver and bronce, with the top 51 sailors entering the gold fleet. The race committee hopes to run another four races per fleet.
Standings after 7 races, 4 discards
1. John Heineken (USA) 5 points
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) 6 points
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD) 6 points
4. Adam Koch (USA, Mikes Lab/Ozone) 6 points
Maxime Nocher (FRA, 10 points 6 points
1. Erika Heineken (USA, MikesLab/Ozone) 5 points
2. Steph Brindge (GBR/North) 10 points
3. Caroline Adrien (FRA, Aguera/Cabrinha) 18 points
4. Nayara Licariao (BRA, North) 21 points
5. Katja Roose (NED, Airush) 21 points
Full results, pictures, videos and background are available at www.kitecagliari.com