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.
KTA China Tour Finals and the Olympics
This unprecedented interest in the event is great news just after the announcement of kiteboarding being introduced as an Olympic event. Olympic organisers are looking for sports that will draw the crowds and judging by the event in China, things should go swimmingly in Rio 2016.
Congratulations to all the kitesurfers who participated in the KTA China Tour Finals. We would like to give a special shoutout to Ken Nacor, who is overall 2012 KTA Freestyle champion. Great job, Ken!
Click here for a list of winners of the event.