IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup and KTA TTR Open – 20,000 USD prize money up for grabs.
The IKA KiteFoil Gold Cup and KTA TTR Open is about to rack up a whole number of firsts as it kicks off the new Foilboard race season. As well as being the first round of the 2017 IKA KiteFoil Gold Cup, it is also the first time Korea has hosted an IKA international competition as well as being a first visit for a full KTA TTR event.
Hosted by our local partners the Korean Windsurfing Kiteboarding Federation (KWKF) the event takes place from the 16-21 May 2017 at Daecheon Beach near Boryeong city on the Yellow Sea.
Daecheon sits on the west coast of South Korea, in the Chungcheong Province of the country. So get ready for a very different experience and if you can add on an extra couple of days to visit the capital, Seoul before you leave, you won’t regret it.
The Korean peninsula is a tantalizingly unexplored slice of East Asia – a pine-clad land of mountains, misty archipelagos and rice paddies of emerald green, studded with urban pockets of incomparable joie de vivre. While its troubled history has made South Korea’s very existence nothing short of miraculous, amazingly its traditions and customs have largely survived intact and for visitors, this highly distinctive culture is an experience to enjoy.
Like many countries in Asia, in Korea you can shop till drop at markets that never close, feast on eye-wateringly spicy food and take on the unique taste of a bottle or two of Soju. But while the cities are at the cutting edge of 21st century tech and never sleep, once you set foot outside the urban centres it’s a different story. The remote rural areas life continues much as it did before the “Economic Miracle” of the 1970s, and pockets of islands exist where no foreigner has ever set foot.
Seoul itself has a number of palaces dating back to the fourteenth century. The wooden Hanok housing of decades gone by may have largely given way to rows of apartment blocks, but these traditional dwellings can still be found in places, and you’ll never be more than a walk away from an immaculately painted Buddhist temple. Meanwhile, Confucian-style formal ceremonies continue to play an important part in local life, and some mountains still even host shamanistic rituals. So a whole heap of experience to take on if you have the time and want to find out more about the country you will be competing in.
Daecheon itself though is a classical seaside town. Designed to cater for travellers and tourists, it will provide for all your needs while you are there. Really Daecheon is more of a resort outpost than a full blown town, but importantly it is well supplied with hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes and norae-bang (karaoke rooms), which are a very popular all over Korea.
The region is famous for its beaches and Daecheon is a popular strip of golden sand that runs some 3.5km long and is around 100 mtrs wide at low tide. The main hub of activity is at the southern end of the beach near the Civil Tower which does get quite packed with beach goes, but as our event takes place just after the big public holiday of Golden Week, there will be more than enough space to take over.
The average water temperature for May run between 12 – 18 C, so depending on where you are acclimatised to, you might want to pack a wetsuit of some sort. Wind wise we should hopefully be seeing cross-on winds of between 16 – 21 kts from the south west as we enter the Asian summer monsoon season.
Being developed for tourism in the 1990’s Deacheon is a touch neon nightscapes and plastic palm trees, but surrounding it are the rice paddies and the sea which balances things out along with the Daecheonhang harbour front, which is more chilled and the place to head if you want a more traditional seafood eating night out.
So welcome to Korea everyone, we look forward to seeing there.
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