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The Rules


  • Every competitor needs to complete registration online at www.kahunasurfhouse.eu/kingofkite before the official registration period ends.
  • Any changes in the instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board on the day. All competitors have the responsibility of checking the Official Notice Board periodically for any changes.
  • Each competitor is responsible for checking his heat number. This will be posted on the Official Notice Board, at least 15 minutes before the start of the first heat.
  • Each competitor is responsible for their own equipment. Kite pumped, lines with kite.
  • Kahuna Surfhouse and the Larnaca Kitesurfing Club take no responsibility for damaged, stolen, lost equipment or inability to take part in the competition due to e.g twisted lines at kite launch.


  • Competitors are required to wear the official lycra vest during their heats. The lycra vest must be worn outside the harness. Competitors not wearing the lycra vest or not wearing the lycra vest correctly during their heats will not be scored.
  • The lycra vest should be worn over the harness at all times during the warm up periods / interviews etc.


  • It is the sole responsibility of the rider to choose and use appropriate equipment for his safety and the safety of third-party as the rules state.
  • A functional safety leash must be used at all times.

Technical Explanation of the KING OF KITE:

  • A rider can compete in any of the 2 competitions on the day – Slalom and/or Free Air
  • Both competitions will be awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place trophies and prizes.
  • To be the King of Kite you must accumulate top points in the Free Air competition.
  • Free Air is a combination of Freestyle (New Skool) tricks and Big Air (old Skool tricks). A rider can perform one style of tricks or combine both to boost their position in the competition.

Free Air

  • Free Air will go ahead from 13 knots

START Heats shall be started with the following system:

  • Red flag DOWN = 3 min to the start of heat
  • Yellow flag DOWN = 1 min to start of heat
  • Green flag DOWN = start heat – 15minute heat
  • Yellow flag UP= last minute of the heat
  • Red flag up = End of the heat

Free Air Judging Criteria:

  • Each riders best wakestyle trick & best Big air move will be scored out of 50. (therefor a total maximum score of 100)
  • Aaron Hadlow will be judging, judges decision is final.
  • Wakestyle Tricks, low kite and powerful moves will score higher.
  • Big Air Moves, overall height is the major scorer.

Slalom rules:

START Heats shall be started with the following system:

  • Red flag DOWN = 10 min to the start of heat
  • Yellow flag DOWN = 3 min to start of heat
  • Green flag DOWN & Jet Ski run through course= start heat

Categories will be as follows:

  • Women
  • Heavy Mens
  • Light Mens

Wind Speeds:

  • the Slalom will go ahead from 10 knots and up

Conditions for Racing

  • During one race/heat/run only one board and one kite/rigging combination shall be used.
  • You can set up as many sizes of kite as you want in the launch area under the safety guidelines
  • Only boards with one piece hulls are permitted.
  • Boards shall have a minimum beam of 150 mm.
  • Any number of fins and/or retractable fins are allowed. No other hull appendages are permitted. The shortest distance between the outermost point of the hull appendage and the bottom of the hull shall not exceed 500 mm.

Scoring Criteria:

  • Course displayed on Offical Notice Board
  • Slalom Buoy must be on left of Kiteboard when passing.
  • Marshalls in boat/jet ski will be monitoring above point. Failure to complete course under this guideline is to the discretion of the Marshall and cannot be questioned.
  • Kiteboards that begin race before Green Flag is up will be disqualified
  • False start will be monitored by Marshall and re run of race will occur
  • Race ends between 2 buoys indicated on course map. Time of race completion will be taken when rider passes through the 2 buoys.
  • Rider must show number on Lycra clearly and visibly to Slalom Marshall on beach.


  • Safety and fair play are the most important aspects of the competition. Unsafe competitors will be disqualified. Leeward kiteboards have right of way, therefore Windward kiteboards should not jump when a leeward kiteboard is close to them.
  • Each competitior enters the competition trick area in turn. Once the trick is completed kiteboarder must ride out of competition area to allow for next rider.
  • Transitions: Kiteboards doing transition jumps should watch for kiteboards behind them before attempting a transition jump.
  • Kiteboards should stay clear of the competition area when not competing.
  • Kiteboards must not change course to obstruct another kiteboard (blocking).
  • Kiteboards shall not land jumps on the beach, and shall stay clear of any natural obstructions near the competition area.
  • In case of a dangerous action, tangle or collision, as a result of the infringement on any of the above rules will result in a warning or disqualification from the heat at the discretion of the King of Kite judges.
  • A competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite only when it is out of the competition area
  • In the event if a competitor looses his kite from equipment failure, the competitor will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside from the competition area. The competitor has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the competitor is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he looses his kite.