Formula kite to be the official kiteboarding class at Paris 2024 Olympics.
Kiteboarding is to become a full Olympic sailing event after World Sailing’s (WS) Council approved a submission that will see athletes take the stage at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
World Sailing (WS) is the global governing body for the sport of sailing, including kitesurfing and windsurfing. The WS Events Committee approved submission M22-18 from the Romanian Sailing Association and agreed with the Board of Directors' recommendation to select Formula Kite for the sport's Olympic debut in France.
Formula Kite will be the official kiteboarding class at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The class is managed by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and will participate in Paris 2024 Olympics with a mixed format that includes men and women.
This should translate into a short track relay on a short windward/leeward course, with team members (men and women) sailing laps and taking turns on a changeover zone.
Competition may consist of an opening series of heats and a knockout stage or another form of final (i.e., the best of x races wins).
Formula Kite is a high-performance course racing kiteboarding class.
This will enable competitors of different weight and heights to compete on affordable and universal sailing crafts, on a level playing field.
The Formula Kite equipment will feature a hydrofoil kiteboard and a ram-air kite that will be manufactured by licensed companies.
"The World Sailing Council selected the Formula Kite class, including the registered series production scheme that keeps the whole industry involved for Paris 2024," the IKA representatives stated.