KTA Asia: the tour winners should be there somewhere...

The first Asian kiteboard and tour champions have been crowned at the KTA finals in Thailand. Taking the men’s title for both the tour and the Asian championships in race and freestyle was Thailand’s own Narapichit Pudla Yo. For the women the KTA tour champion went to Germany’s Kathrin Borgwardt, while Hong Kong’s Hill Sui lifted the Asian championship title.

The fifth and final round of the Kiteboard Tour Asia brought 50 riders to the beautiful beach location of Pak Nam Pram near Pranburi. Being the finals of the first ever kiteboard competition tour of Asia it was fitting that it was to be held at the spectacular beach resort of the tours headline sponsor, the Evason Hua Hin & Six Senses Spa who pulled out all the stops to ensure the KTA and its riders had unique and memorable experience from their visit to Thailand.

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Mullaloo Beach: a kiteboarding battle is underway in Western Australia

Western Australian kiteboarders have one week to assist WAKSA in its campaign to influence the City of Joondalup and the Draft Beach Management Plan.

If WAKSA campaign is not successful kiters may be facing serious kiting restrictions in Perth, and throughout WA, in the very near future.

As part of the campaign WAKSA have met with the Mayor to express significant concerns about the Draft Plan. WAKSA is also planning to meet with individual Councillors to discuss and explain what they believe are serious flaws in the Draft Plan and to encourage the City not to resort to designated kite zones as a management tool.

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Bering Strait: 56 miles of extreme conditions

This summer Troy Henkels (Alaska) and Geza Sholtz (Switzerland) will make an unprecedented attempt to kiteboard across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska.

Although only 56 miles (90km), this crossing comes with its own subset of difficulties: extremely strong currents, violent storms, strong winds, fog, cold water, and international politics, just to name a few.

Plans are currently underway for a mid-summer crossing when the Strait is ice free, winds are at their best, and storms somewhat less frequent. This is a very unique stretch of water that offers up some fairly serious hazards.

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