KTA Vietnam: there is a way of having your hair yellow

Many days have passed and no signs of wind. Like a miracle, the bell rings and every kiteboarder is out in the water to successfully conclude the KTA Vietnam, another stage of the Kiteboard Asia Tour.

A few surprises came along. The Japanese kitesurfers are getting better and better with new and upgraded riding skills. In the Women's Race division, the battles were tight, but Kathrin Borgwardt was crowned and followed by Aya Oshima and Hill Siu. In the male fleet, Heikki Gross was first, Taner Aykurt got the second and Deivis Maciulis was third.

In the Freestyle division, Aya and Kathrin were once again in good form, pulling secure tricks, but in the end Japan’s Aya Oshima confirmed that she is the rider to beat this year.

The Men's performances were impressive. Unfortunately, local favorite and Vietnam’s top rider, Lai Hong Phi, bowed out early as he struggled to find his full range following recent injuries. So it became a Philippines versus Japan final. Hiro Nakano threw an almost flawless performance to keep the Boracay boy, Ken Nacor, away from his first win of the year.

Final results of the 2011 KTA Vietnam:


1 Hiro Nakano - Japan
2 Ken Nacor - Philippines
3 Yo Pudla - Thailand

1 Aya Oshima - Japan
2 Jannicke Stav - Norway
3 Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany

Overall Course Racing

1 Heikki Gross - Estonia
2 Taner Aykurt - Turkey
3 Deivis Maciulis - Lithuania

1 Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany
2 Aya Oshima - Japan
3 Hill Siu - Hong Kong