It’s an exciting time to be a young kiteboard racer. The 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina are approaching, and twin tip racing will be one of the exciting new disciplines. The International Kiteboarding Association released details about the format. Continue reading below to find out more about the discipline, with information provided by the IKA.
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has now released the format for the kiteboarding events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Kiteboarding will be showcased for the first time on the Olympic stage with a new and exciting discipline: Slalom / Boardercross.
The format is following the ideas of the highly successful Winter Olympic Games disciplines of ski and snowboard boardercross, where riders follow a set track that is sprinkled with obstacles they need to jump over. The whole competition is held in a multiple elimination series, where only the best riders advance from round to round until the final.
The IKA and the World Sailing Youth Olympic Games working party have been working on the final details of the format since the confirmation of the discipline in 2016 to provide riders, coaches, national associations and event organisers the necessary information.
The IKA TwinTip:Racing website has been updated with all information, including:
Penalty System / Direct Refereeing
More content and the final qualification event dates will be added as soon as they become available.
The final rulebook, including on-water refereeing, will be published shortly, and well before the next major event, the 2017 TT:R Slalom European Championships in Gizzeria, Italy. The event is open to competitors from all over the world. Riders will compete in separate age disciplines (open men, open women, Boys U19, Girls U19). Registration, event details and travel information can be found here.
To allow riders ideal preparation for the event, a coaching clinic will be held by multiple time kite racing world champion Steph Bridge at the same venue from 8 to 11 July 2017.