There have been many great events and firsts over the years for the KTA and bringing the IKA Asian / Oceania Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Qualifier to Thailand, certain sits right up there at the top of cool things to have been involved with.
The IKA Asian/Oceania YOG Qualifier will take place at Pak Nam Pran beach, Pranburi, Thailand from the 13-18 March 2018.
Check out all the competition info on the NoR
The IKA Asian/Oceania YOG Qualifier is being hosted by the KTA and the Kitesurfing Association of Thailand, with support and sponsorship from the Sports Authority of Thailand.
For those of you who have not joined us before at our key Thai competition location: Pak Nam Pran, (also written as Paknampran) is situated about 30km south of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand and is part of the district of Pranburi. This fishing village and its surrounding area is still kind of a hidden gem as it remains undiscovered by many foreign tourists. It is though, a favourite for Thai weekend getaways and has a tidy traveller infrastructure that will look after you while you are there.
March is one of the best wind and weather times for the location, with wind strengths averaging between 12 – 20 knots. The beach itself is long, with fine sand and nearly always empty except for the weekends and all the kiters of course. The strand stretches south from Pak Nam Pran town at the mouth of the Pran River, which is known for its colourful fishing boats specializing in squid, for around 7km to the Khao Kalok headland rock and the tiny Thao Kosa Forest Park. All worth checking out and grabbing a bit of peaceful headspace at, when you are not out on the water.
On the water though it’s great for the racers outback and close in the sandbars that appear that time of year will create perfect flat water sections for freeriding, you YOG rider types are going to love it!
As you all know by now kite racing has become Olympic. It’s all confirmed for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and appears to have a strong chance to be part of the 2020 Olympic Games also.
In line with the wider Olympic campaign the IKA and World Sailing decided that for YOG a Twin-tip Boarder-X race format would be used. It’s pretty exciting stuff, fast and furious racing for all involved on the water and spectacular for spectators to watch.
You can find out all about the class and the YOG formats on the IKA class website – www.twintipracing.com
YOG Qualifier Events
The YOG Qualifiers sees kiteboarding’s first appearance as an Olympic Sport, one which will hopefully led to its full inclusion to the 2020 Olympic Games.
- North and South America: Cabarete, DOM, 15-20 January 2018
- Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018
- Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018
- 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018 (TBC)
The Youth Olympic Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes that aims at inspiring athletes to embrace the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence.
The Games, promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), gathers young athletes aged between 15 and 18. It is held every four years – www.buenosaires2018.com
Kitesurf Association of Thailand National Series
Over the years the KTA has worked closely with the Kitesurf Association of Thailand (KAT) in timing its events to link up with key rounds of their national series. We are pleased to say that we are carrying on this tradition and will be welcoming the KAT National Series race competition that will run the weekend before the IKA Asian/Oceania YOG Qualifier.
So a bonus event for all you early birds as the guys from KAT will be happy to see you join them.
As you can appreciate the dates for the IKA Asian/Oceania YOG Qualifier are not far off, so don’t waste anytime act now and get yourself registered. All the information you need to do that is here on this event page, but for any questions please either contact our Event Director Willy Kerr – email@example.com or message us via the Facebook event page.
See you in Thailand soon!