China: kiteboarding is getting popular here

The first KTA Race Centres will be opened in three Asian countries. Philippines, Thailand and China will get brand new structures and racing trainers for everyone willing to improve skills, knowledge and experience in kiteboarding and kite racing.


Boracay, Pranburi and Hainan are the selected locations. The network of racing centres are a great option for those who want to learn to ride a race board, for example, during kite holidays.

Each KTA Race Centre will be led by a race trainer who will be able to cover all aspects of race board use, from the basics of set-up and riding through to tacking, gybing and effective downwind riding.

The development of race boards in kiteboarding over the past two or three years have added a whole new challenge and dynamic to the sport.

This has all come out of the sports drive to be selected for the 2016 Olympics, but race boards offer more than just the chance to take up competition racing. Freeride race boards are great to just ride for fun in all conditions, as well as turning low wind days into serious sessions.

Using a race board is definitely not the same as riding your twin-tip board, so a kick start from a KTA race trainer will save you a whole heap of frustration and perhaps even pain.

All KTA Race Centres are non-sales focused. Depending on the centre you train at you will be able to try out different boards from different companies to see what suits you and you’re riding style.