Hongkong National Kiteracing - Report

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. Racing on a windward / leeward course the 20 strong mixed class fleet of both race boards (RB) and twin-tip (TT) fought it out in the beautifully flat water conditions at Shui Hau Wan on Lantau Island one of Hong Kong’s main kiting locations. For the HKKF this now marks their second successful competition, with this weekend’s event following on from a friendship event towards the end of last year with riders from mainland China over on the East coast in Xaiman.

Certainly it is really encouraging to see the national competition scene’s and associations beginning to develop and find voice around Asia over these past two years with national events now being held in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand as well as Hong Kong with the first Philippines nationals also on the cards in a joint venture between the KTA and the Philippines Watersports Association this season.

For now though big congratulations to Hong Kong and the HKKF for hopefully the first of many national events to come - congratulations also to the winners and everyone who took part over the weekend.

RB Class                                              TT Class

1. Jay Chau                                        Edward Wong

2. Cheng Man Chau                       Mike Wong

3. Ho Chi Ho                                      Sean Ng

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite (Foil)

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Slalom

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom                 male Maxime Nocher  Monaco                 male Narapichit Pudla  Thailand                 male Robert Douglas  United-States   
female Stephanie Bridge   United-Kindom      female Anais Mai Desjardin  France      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Liam Whaley  Spain                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Ewan Jaspen  Australia   
female Bruno Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Colleen Carrol  United-States   

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