PKRA Thailand: kiteboarders in freestyle mode

Not only is Thailand known as the “land of smiles” it is also called the Disneyland of Asia. This event has been nothing less than incredible.

The people have just been so amazingly friendly, the water is as warm as bath water, the sand on the beach melts between your toes, the food is outstanding and not to forget that the temperatures are scorching hot.

All riders from around the world are super thrilled to be competing in a place where such wonderful conditions exist. We could rename Hua Hin the Disneyland of Kiteboarding.

The air temperature today reached 37 degrees Celsius not including the humidity index, which was near 43 degrees Celsius.

Some of the event crew could not keep the water cooler stocked with enough bottles of water to keep all the riders hydrated. It was an upsetting day for the men freestyle world champion Kevin Langeree (Naish, NTH) who lost two competition heats today.

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Christopher Stuckey: kiteboard hero

Kiteboarder Christopher Stuckey will kite 24 miles across Lake Ponchartrain as a participant in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Leukemia Cup Regatta the weekend of March 19th – 21st.

The 2009 New Orleans Regatta, part of a series of boat races hosted across the country to raise money to fund leukemia and lymphoma research, was the first in the series to allow a non-sailing participant – Stuckey – to enter the event.

Stuckey’s contribution was invaluable to the cause; he not only was the second highest grossing local fundraiser – exceeding his donation goal one month before his deadline – but his unique efforts as a kiteboarding participant garnered national attention.

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Brandon Scheid: water and snow kiteboarder

North Carolina-based kiteboarder Brandon Scheid is the latest addition to Liquid Force’s esteemed international team of kiteboarders.

Brandon’s riding has really caught the attention of the kiting community over the past couple of years. This past year he took second place overall at the Triple S with his powerful wake style tricks and smooth rail riding. Brandon also placed second overall at the King of the Great Lakes in Muskegon, Michigan.

“Brandon is an amazing rider and ambassador for kiteboarding; he has a super stylish and aggressive riding style that blends with Liquid Force perfectly,” said Gary Siskar, Liquid Force’s kiteboarding brand manager. “Plus, he is one of the most friendly and approachable riders out there. We are couldn’t be happier to have him in the Liquid Force family.”

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