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.
My recent in experience in Hong Kong
While I was out kiteboarding in Hong Kong recently, it occurred to me here that there were alot of people who did not understand the kiteboarding right of way rules. It is something that should be taught when you are learning for the safety of yourself and others kiteboarding around you.
Hong Kong’s kiteboarding area can get pretty busy, but compared to some kite spots in Europe, it isn’t really comparable. In these locations where there are hundreds of kites around, right of way rules are so important to avoid collisions and crossed lines.
Knowing the right of way rules is vital when it is busy like at Tarifa
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
The Kiteboarding Outlet Founder, Chris, talks about his recent experience testing the Flexifoil Proton 2 in Shui Hau Wan, Hong Kong:
Flexifoil recently released the next generation of their Proton range aimed at freeriders and wave riders.
First of all, I think the Flexifoil Proton 2 is a beautiful looking kite. I was testing with a 12m red model but the other available colours, Rasta and Petrol, look fantastic as well.
The construction of the kite is rock solid, as it was designed for all skill levels of kiteboarders. The kite has to withstand a beating for the beginners who are learning, while also being able to handle the finesse of advanced riders.