TwinTip:Racing: kiteboarding with obstacles gains momentum | Photo: Baranescu/KTA

Kiteboarding's competitive format for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games has been announced.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) notes that the format is inspired by the performance of ski and snowboard boardercross in the Winter Olympic Games.

The event consists of multiple elimination series, half fleet or full fleet races, with an ideal heat size of six riders. The initial seeding will be based on the world rankings, and races will get underway with a minimum wind of between 8 and 10 knots.

The total course length ranges from 1800-2000 meters, and the obstacles will be one meter high, and 20 meters long. The finish line will be laid as close as possible to the beach.

All starts will be reaching starts, and every elimination counts as one race. Only registered series production boards and Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites are allowed to be used.

The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will open 12 entries for boys, and 12 entries for girls in the kiteboarding event.

Riders will have two opportunities to qualify their country for the event via the 2018 Continental Championships, and the 2018 World Championships.

For more in-depth information, visit IKA's TwinTip: Racing class website.

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