December 12th 2012 finally saw the wind play ball for the Hong Kong Kiteboard Federation (HKKF) and allowed it to successfully complete its first national class race day on Hong Kong waters. The winds here can be very fickle and it can take a lot of commitment to get a weekend day-off and enough knots to work in combo. Billed as the HK New Year’s Race it has taken three hits to pull it off, so lucky we have two New Year’s to choose from over here. Certainly it was worth the wait in the end for the fantastic atmosphere and competiveness that marked the day.
The countdown begins to the KTA Vietnam in Mui Ne next week – the 15th – 19th February. Its round two of the Asian Freestyle and KTA Freestyle Tour Championships, along with for the first time ever a full blown Asian Old Skool Championship event and you thought staying hooked in was a thing of the past.
Hosted by our key partners and sponsors for this round C2Sky (http://c2skykitecenter.com/) the KTA is excited to be returning in its third season to Mui Ne which can serve up some of the strongest winds and hardcore water conditions that we see on the tour. Last year there was a blip as the wind held off at the beginning of the event, but by the end it came through and results and Frenchie’s camera work speak for themselves.
In May 2011 ISAF Council selected Windsurfing and/or Kiteboarding as a possible event for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.
In November 2011 ISAF Council agreed that a specialist evaluation team be appointed to look at the format and event management implications for Kiteboarding.