Hua Hin, Thailand is not only known for its legendary beaches, friendly people and delicious spicy food. This year will mark the first ever professional kiteboarding event in the history of Asia, making this the perfect place to host Asia's first ever Pro Kiteboarding event. Asia will be a new era for the sport, as its region is expected to become part of the annual pro tour event lineup.

This mega event will start up with a special PKRA Asian qualifier event held from March 12th-14th. Registration for this event will take place on March 11th with an entry fee of $50 US.

This event will have a freestyle discipline as the qualifier discipline as well as a long distance race and high jump competition. The PKRA international crew will be running this event, which will ensure the highest quality of event logistics and judging.

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St Annes Pier, Lancashire, UK

The long-awaited Trax Windsports Centre, planned to St Annes, will be delayed at least until the end of summer.

The future sports centre for kitesurfing, kitebuggying and mini-sand-yachting will not open on time because local authorities want to be absolutely sure that all the equipment's safety procedures were taken seriously.

The opening delay for the Trax Windsports Centre happens with a deadly accident fresh in memory. Eight years ago, Carole Cruz lost her life in a sand-yachting accident.

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Winnebago Association of Kiteboarding

Members of the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarding will host the 21st annual Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Classic on Feb. 13 and 14.

The event will be held on Lake Winnebago, a quarter-mile off the shore of Fisherman's Road landing (six miles north of Highway 23 off Highway 151).

This year's event will feature many of the Midwest's best kiteboarders doing their favorite tricks while competing in a variety of heats, including Speed Drags, Kitercross, Lake Crossing and Big Air.

Activities will be scheduled from noon to dark each day, wind permitting.

The power of the kite is the attraction to the sport, with jumps and tricks often exceeding 20 to 30 feet and the ability to free ride for hours at a time.

Members of WAK invite the public to watch the Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Class. People are advised to dress for the occasion and cameras are encouraged. Heated shelter, music, food and refreshments will be available.