Foil and LEI kites will compete in separate classes

November 5, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Formula Kite: two sail classes in 2015 | Photo: IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has decided that the Formula Kite discipline will feature two sail classes in the 2015 season.

Foil kites and Leading Edge Inflatables (LEI) will compete in separate course board races. The controversy is over, for now, as the world governing body for the sport of kiteboarding reaches an agreement over the sail dispute.

"This decision was a clear message that we want to keep foil kites. There is simply no way to go back with the performance that foil kites afford, especially in light winds," explains Markus Schwendtner, CEO at IKA.

In the near future, IKA delegates will decide how event organizers will manage both races, two separate podiums and the prize money division. Right now, only two manufacturers - Ozone and Elf - are producing new generation foil kites.

However, IKA hopes that other companies join the market, and reveals that Flysurfer and StarKites have already requested design specifications for the 2016 season.

The One Design idea was not completely abandoned. IKA has decided to set up a working group that will explore future opportunities for a single Formula class. Finally, the organization announced that fins will have to be made of glass/epoxy, only.

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