National Kiteboarding League: hitting Australia and New Zealand | Photo: NKL

The inaugural Australian and New Zealand National Kiteboarding League (NKL) will kick off in November, on the Gold Coast.

The tour series is inspired by Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC), and it is open to all male and female, professional and amateur kiteboarders of all ages.

The NKL will have riders competing in heats of four athletes in Freestyle and Wave divisions. The 2015/2016 season will visit all Australian states and New Zealand. There will be six stops and a grand final. Each stop is a four-day event.

“Kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, but until now there has never really been an opportunity for local kiteboarders to reach a professional level like surfing," underlines David De Witt, president of Kiteboarding Queensland & Northern Territory (KBQNT).

This tour will not only showcase our best kiteboarders from around Australia and New Zealand but importantly, it will significantly lift the profile of kiteboarding as an amazing spectator sport within the region."

The newly founded National Kiteboarding League aims to launch new talents onto the international kiteboarding circuit. Classic Holidays, the main sponsor of the NKL, has confirmed support for the first three years.

2015/2016 National Kiteboarding League (NKL) | Tour Dates

Gold Coast (AUS): November 12-15, 2015
Christchurch (NZ): November 19-22, 2015
Adelaide (AUS): December 3-6, 2015
Perth (AUS): January 7-10, 2016
Sydney (AUS): January 21-24, 2016
Melbourne (AUS): February 4-7, 2016
Gold Coast (AUS): February 18-21, 2016

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