4th KiteZone KTA Thailand – Pranburi 2013
for the 4th time Asia's finest Kiteboarders will descend upon the lovely fishing village of Pak Nam Pran to compete on the Asian kitesurfing championships. As all who have been to this event before know, Pak nam pran and Kitezone put on a great competition with loads of local Thai style relaxing charm and steady thermal winds, the competition each year is growing from strength to strength. This year once again will see the feeder competition on the days prior to the championships that will be held at Surfspot in hua Hin, wild cards will be awarded to the winners of the national level event prior. The Kitezone KTA Thailand will be an ISAF recognised 50 point event.
|12th March 2013||Kite Kids Clinic||10am - 12pm & 2 - 4pm|
|13th March 2013||Registration Day & Opening Ceremony & kite kids||Registration 10am – 2pm warm-up day & kite kids 10-12pm||Opening Party|
|14th March 2013||Competition||Freestyle or course racing||Free Night|
|15th March 2013||Competition & Mid Week party||Freestyle or course racing||Mid Week party @ Ley Cafe|
|16th March 2013||Competition||Freestyle or course racing||Free Night|
|17th March 2013||Competition & prize Giving||Freestyle or course racing||Closing ceremony|
Pranburi is a small more local Thai tourist type location and although it does boast 5 and 6 star resort accommodations, mostly it offers boutique style hotels and bungalow accommodation. On the whole Pranburi is a mellow laid back spot with a quite nightlife of local bars and eating places, with the more full on action to be found half an hour away in the city of Hua Hin.
Pranburi since the first KTA visit in 2010 established itself as one of the key kiting locations in Thailand and the 3 previous seasons have provided great conditions the strongest winds in the country at the right time of year, so we are on our way back for another fix in the land of smiles.
TEMP:32 DEGREES C
WATER TEMP:29 DEGREES C
Most nationalities within Asia & Europe will receive a vis on arrivals for free at the Thai immigration checkpoint, you will receive a 30 day tourist visa when you arrive to Thailand by air, you will receive 15 days tourist visa if you arrive to thailand vis Land.
Bangkok is the gateway to Asia, there is flights coming direct from most major airports worldwide, if you are based in Asia the flights are extremely cheap if you use some of the low cost carriers such as Air Asia, Tiger airways etc etc......
if travelling by low cost airline please be careful regarding your baggage allowance as they usually charge quite a bit for baggae that wasnt pre booked, best way is to book online the sports equipment package and you can travel with no worries.
There are trains available from Bangkok train station to pranburi station, please note that Pranburi train station is situated about 7 km's from the beach and competition therefore you will need to get a taxi from the train station.
the trains go very slowly getting away from Bangkok, so the 2 1/2 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 5 or 6 on the train. The price of the train is around 100 baht(and only 44 baht for ordinary trains). Most trains on the southern route stop at Hua Hin. They leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations 10 times daily between 08:05 and 22:50. It takes 4 hours for the journey. See the State Railway of Thailand for more information on time tables and fares.
From Bangkok, buses to Pranburi leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. The price is 175 baht. Buses run from 04:00 – 22:20. You can book your bus and check timetables at the Bus Southern Terminal website, Tel: 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 5605, 0 2434 7192. When you buy the ticket it says which gate you have to go to - make sure you get to the correct one as smaller numbers (etc 1 to 10) exist on both sides of the building. Doublecheck from the customer service desk on ground floor.
More convenient to downtown Bangkok, you can also take a minibus from near the Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai), near the BTS skytrain. Cost is 180 baht, limited baggage. The Hua Hin vans board in the alleyway next to Century Movie Plaza close to the stairs at the southern end of Victory Monument BTS station. From the Skytrain station, take the walkway south, descend the staircase on the east side to street level. The minibus area is next to the stairs. Look for a small table with "Cha Am, Hua Hin" written in English to buy your ticket. T-Tour, Tel. 080-090-6540..................You will need to purchase 2 tickets if you wish to bring your baggage on this bus, there is not much storage on the buses so the only place to put bigger bags is on the seats.
the easiest way to get to pranburi is by taxi, the trip from the airport to the beach is about3 hours or 4 if you arrive around rush hour to get out of Bangkok. Price for a normal taxi (car) is 2500 THB one way, often the cars are not big enough to get all your gear in so a minibus is more convenient and comfortable, the price for the minibus is 3,000 baht and usually has around 12-14 seats with TV, sound system and refreshments.
WIND SPEED: Thermal winds starting around 11am each morning at 10 knots and rising to 18-20 knots by the afternoon between January - May
WIND TYPE: Thermal Winds
DIRECTION: South easterly
WATER TYPE: Pranburi is a classic Thai beach location, long stretches of white sand and clear blue water that gives mostly flat water conditions with some swell and chop as the winds pick up. On the inside the water is shallow with a steady slope towards deeper water.
RECOMMENDED KITE SIZES: 10meter - 15 meter kites
Rate for competitors:
Evason room @ Thb 2,500 per room per night based on 5 night minimum stay to include:
to make a booking at the special rate please contact Evason directly and mention KTA for the discount