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.
Here is an excerpt of an article recently published in a New Zealand magazine:
Yachting New Zealand boardsailing coach Dave Robertson has declared kitesurfing ready for Rio, insisting criticisms of the fledgling Olympic class are ignorant talk.
Robertson has returned after New Zealand's first official dabble into the new Olympic sport, at the kiteracing world championships in Italy.
He was one of five Kiwis competing, finishing ninth in the 153-strong men's fleet in what was a highly useful reconnaissance mission. Justina Sellers was 10th in the women's fleet.
He clearly expressed his desire for a move to kitesurfing, however, despite all its criticism.
"That was a whole lot of ignorant talk by ignorant people, and it was disappointing," he said.
"When the decision was made, suddenly there were a whole lot of kitesurfing experts even though they had never witnessed it or tried it themselves. It was absurd."
"All that talk that was going around in the beginning has been proved wrong, this is a sport that does work and it works really well. It proved itself at the world championships."
Two of the main concerns when kitesurfing was initially included was that fleet racing would be too dangerous, and they would be hopeless in light winds.
Robertson said both of those proved to be totally unfounded in Italy.
"One the first day we had between 6-9 knots and there we were, blasting around at twice the wind speed happy as. It worked," he said.
"It will add a lot to sailing at the Olympics and it will be great for New Zealanders, too. There are a lot of people who kitesurf now and there is an opportunity for us to get a jump and get to the top before the next Olympics."
He said they had done all they could to familiarise themselves with the sport in the five months since its inclusion, and they would just have to "sit tight" for next month's vote.
"We know a lot about kitesurfing now and should it be given the go-ahead, we're ready."
The full article can be found here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/7858447/Kitesurfings-place-at-Rio-defended-by-coach