Haikou, Hainan Island: kiteboarding heaven in China

China will be hosting the first ever Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop, between 12th-19th November, in Haikou, Hainan Island.

Top contenders including Alex Pastor, Youri Zoon, Gisela Pulido, Bruna Kajiya and many more will all aim for top positioning, in order to have the greatest advantage going into the last event of the year, in New Caledonia.

Never before has such a large-scale kiting event seen the wonders of the Chinese landscape and this will surely mark kiteboarding's official entrance into the region with unmatched excitement and exhilaration.

This tropical oasis, which is surrounded by some 200 islands, remains a well known and highly visited tourist attraction.

Hainan Island, which translates to "south of the sea" is located in the South China Sea, and will provide both freestyle and racing competitors the ultimate conditions for battling it out in this landmark event.

Nearing the end of the 2012 season, no location could be more fitting for such a momentous event than the land where kites were invented over 2800 years ago.

This region of the country is more than just a windy kite destination. In fact, many refer to it as the "Hawaii of China", as it is defined by its extraordinary scenic beauty and abundance of lush landscapes.

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