Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The world’s best kiteboarders are heading to Australia for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, to be sailed from December 2nd-8th.

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The Sandringham Yacht Club will be invaded by kiteboarders before Christmas, to celebrate the announcement of the sport as part of the Olympic Sailing Competition for 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

Jonathan Keys, the Australian Kiteboarding champion, will be joined by both Men’s and Women’s kiteboarding events, on Port Phillip Bay. A course racing series will be followed by the medal race on the final day of competition.

Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.

Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition.

“Sailors can choose equipment appropriate for their body weight allowing more even competition over the entire range of conditions. The box rule promotes industry support of sailors”, explains John Heineken.

“One design eliminates all industry sponsorships which currently support top competitors. We have a successful formula that with some small tightening up allows for a competitive Olympic class to thrive worldwide”, he adds.

Kiteboarding has seen an exceptional growth in Victoria, since its inception, with Port Phillip Bay providing ideal wind conditions along a world class stretch of water.

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia

The Townsville City Council is trying to ban kiteboarding from a two-kilometre stretch of Pallarenda Beach, in Australia.

 

A local proposal recommends that kiteboarding should be off the north of Three Mile Creek, after 27 residents submitted a petition to Mayor Vern Veitch. The group of citizens wants all kiteboarders to launch and finish their wind rides within a 120-metre wide stretch of beach, so that beachgoers are safe.

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia

 

The proposed restrictions come after the latest KTA Australian Open and Australian Kiteboarding Nationals, which brought hundreds of kitesurfers to the region.

“Under these conditions we would be stuck in about a 150-metre long stretch of beach to teach our students in the same area experienced kiteboarders are using,” Loop Kiteboarding owner Marvin Baumeister tells the Townsville Bulletin.

“It’s going to be really dangerous for anyone wanting to take up the sport because we need that distance to separate the experienced riders from people just starting out.”

Local kiteboarders don’t understand why their sport should be banned from Pallarenda Beach. The ban proposal will be discussed at the council’s next full meeting on the 28th August.