As the Olympics came to an end, we also saw the last appearance at the Olympics for the RSX Windsurfing class for now. In anticipation of the change to kiteboarding, most of the RSX competitors have said they would be switching over to kiteboarding to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As racing becomes more popular due to its inclusion in the Rio 2016 Olympics, there will be more people who will be interested in learning how to ride race boards and master the tactics and techniques of kite racing.
Breaking all records
In follow up to our previous post, we would like to update you on the KTA China Tour Finals in Pingtan Island, which ended on the 20th May 2012 and were a huge success. It was the first time a KTA tour event was held in China and it broke records for the number of participants at 116 riders, the largest crowd and media attendance at a KTA event and the largest prize purse for the event winners.
Pingtan is China’s windiest location with regular winds over 30knts during the monsoon season and luckily the weather during the event lived up to its reputation. With winds up to 30knts throughout the competition, the riders were given the best conditions to perform for the daily crowds of around 10,000 people, the largest audience ever seen at a KTA event. Riders were treated like celebrities off the water and were asked for autographs and photos everywhere they went.
The island of Boracay in the Philippines is the best spot in Asia to go kitesurfing with its clear, waist deep waters and consistent winds during the windy season.
Boracay, the Philippines
The journey to kitesurfing paradise
Boracay is about an hour flight from Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and can be reached from two airports, Caticlan and Kalibo. Most people prefer to fly to Caticlan, as it is right by the ferry terminal to Boracay island and with an only 10 minute ferry ride, makes it the most convenient option. Kalibo airport is roughly an hour and a half minibus/taxi ride away, which is not ideal but nevertheless the more economical option. Flights to Caticlan are more expensive now than a few years ago, as tourism has significantly increased to the island and prices can be as much as double or triple.
Kitesurfing in Hong Kong
Continuing with our posts about kitesurfing spots around the world, The Kiteboarding Outlet Founder Chris shares his experience of kitesurfing in Hong Kong:
While Hong Kong may not be known as a kitesurfing destination, there are some beaches that are good for kitesurfing when the conditions are right. For those of us that live here and want to kite, we make the best of any day there is good wind.
The winds in Hong Kong on a good day will be around 18 knots but more often than not, it will be less than that. On the water on a busy day, the majority of the kites out will be 12 to 14m and many of the riders use larger boards due to the lighter wind conditions. Occasionally, if there is a typhoon coming in or if you head out after one has passed through, there will be conditions for a smaller kite of around 8m. Popular kitesurfing kites around Hong Kong include Nobile 50Fifty, the F-one Bandit series, and Slingshot kites.
Location of Shui Hau Wan
As The Kiteboarding Outlet is based in Asia, we are bringing you a blog post about the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) and the work it has done since its inception in 2009.
In 2009, the KTA was setup to provide a professional level competition to riders in Asia with the aim of giving the opportunity to experience an international competition and a stepping stone to compete in the world tour.
All events are open to riders of all levels, whether amateur or professional, and is the only Asian tour officially recognised by the International Kiteboarding Association.
As part of our new blog, we are writing some segments on kiteboarding experiences we have had in different locations around the world. Founder Chris talks about his experience living in Perth, Western Australia for 2 years, where the summer months hail some of the best winds for kiteboarding.
The Doctor is Here!
Occurring every summer in Perth, the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ is a south-westerly sea breeze that comes in the afternoons and is normally between 15-20 knots, perfect for kiteboarding. The ‘Doctor’ typically starts around November/December and runs through until around March/April.
With endless miles of beautiful beaches and numerous choices of spots to kite from, Perth would be a great place for a kiteboarding holiday during the Australian summer. While I was there, my 3 most frequented spots were Pinnaroo Point, Safety Bay and occasionally Melville Water on the Swan River if I didn’t have time to drive up to Pinnaroo straight after work.
Pinnaroo Point on a quieter day