Nitro City: a kiteboarding paradise

The 2014 PKRA World Tour is on. The first stage of the season will showcase the best Freestyle kiteboarders in Nitro City, Panama.

In an unfortunate turn of events, current world champion Alex Pastor dislocated his shoulder while training and will not be able to compete here to defend his title.

Liam Whaley is out this event with a rib injury, and former world champion Youri Zoon is not present either. For the women, Bruna Kajiya returns after suffering a knee injury last season and will almost certainly be battling against the top females to regain her title run.

Competitors will be hungry for points toward the world title, but will first need to battle through the qualifying rounds to qualify for the remaining 10 spots in the main event.

Tour veterans such as Marc Jacobs, Christophe Tack, Alberto Rondina and Reno Romeu all have a good opportunity to be in contention for the title. However, it won’t be easy with 5x world champion Aaron Hadlow and the incredibly talented crew of Brazilian riders.

In total, 50 riders represent 18 countries, making the pool of talent deep. Overall, 39 men and 11 women have registered to compete for the $42,000 in prize money.