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ICONIC Youth Olympic Games Kitesurf Qualifiers Asia/Oceania

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DATE:13.03.2017 - 18.03.2017

LENGTH:6 days

LOCATION:Pak Nam Pran Beach - Pranburi

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EVENT INFORMATION

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!

 IKA TTR:

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 – willy@kiteboardtour.asia  or message us via the Facebook event page.

 See you in Thailand soon!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Date Morning/Afternoon Evening
Tuesday 13th March

Registration & measurement 1200 – 1700 hrs
Final warm up and preparation

 opening meet & greet
Wednesday  14th March

YOG TTR Boarder X Racing
First possible start 1000 hrs

 
Thursday 15th March YOG TTR Boarder X Racing  Ley Cafe mid Week Party
Friday 16th March YOG TTR Boarder X Racing  
Saturday 17th March YOG TTR Boarder X Racing  
Sunday 18th March YOG TTR Boarder X Racing  Awards Ceremony – 1900 hrs

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TIME:GMT +7

LANGUAGE:Thai

CURRENCY:Thai Baht

TEMP:26-33 degrees C DEGREES C

WATER TEMP:20-24 degrees C DEGREES C

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The nearest airport to Pranburi is Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, although the low cost airport Don Muang is also operational with all low cost airlines such as Air Asia & Nok Air.

The easiest way to the beach will be by private taxi, cost each way is 2500 THB per car and 3000 Per Mini Van this can be booked directly with the local organisers. This transfer is around 3 – 4 hours depending on traffic

The cheaper option (but longer) if arriving in Suvarnabhumi airport is to go online to http://airporthuahinbus.com and book your bus leaving from the local transport floor at the bottom of the airport, (it gets full very quickly so best to book) if you have excess baggage the bus will charge an additional 100 THB for the bag, the normal price is 290 THB each way. The bus will leave you at Hua Hin bus station, you must then get a taxi from the bus station to the beach here in Pranburi, this costs around 500 THB each way. The transfer time is about 5-6 hours depending on traffic and Hua Hin transfer.

if you need to book a taxi contact willy@kiteboardtour.asia

Passports: 

To enter Thailand, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport note: 

Travellers coming from or have recently travelled through yellow fever-infected areas may be required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate before being allowed to enter Thailand.

Visas: 

Visas for Thailand are not required by all nationals, please check on your home country Thai embassy site or the link below. Stays of up to 30 days if entering via an international airport. If entering by land, you will usually be granted a stay of 15 days (apart from nationals of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA, who will be granted a 30-day stay). All visitors must hold valid passports, sufficient funds and confirmed airline tickets to leave Thailand within the time allowed by their entry stamp. Exceptions to the visa requirements are:

  1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Romania who may apply for visas on arrival for stays of up to 15 days.
  2. Nationals of Croatia, who must apply for a visa in advance from the embassy.

 

 http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-tourist-visa.php

 

for taxis please contact willy for booking, each way costs 2500 THB for normal car or 3000 THB for minivan from/to Suvarnabhumi airport

Evason Resort Hua Hin

 The Evason is the OFFICIAL HOTEL SPONSOR for the ICONIC Youth Olympic Games Kitesurf Qualification Asia/Oceania They have extended an amazing offer in their resort for our competitors and teams.

Rate for competitors:

Evason room @ Thb 2,800 per room per night based on 5 night minimum stay to include:

• accommodation – based on single/double occupancy

• breakfast

• service charge

• government tax

TO BOOK YOUR ROOM CONTACT – reservations-huahin@evasonresorts.com

http://www.sixsenses.com/evason-resorts/hua-hin/destination

Please mention your are booking for the “Youth Olympic Games Qualifier – Pranburi 2018” when making the reservation


Foresta Pranburi

Foresta Pranburi is offering 20% off their current room rates during the event

contact them for booking – info@forestaresort.com

http://www.forestaresort.com/


Resort Preeburen

http://www.resort-preeburan.com/


Pulsawat Palm Resort 

http://www.pulsawatplamresort.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Evason Resort Hua Hin

 The Evason is the OFFICIAL HOTEL SPONSOR for the ICONIC Youth Olympic Games Kitesurf Qualification Asia/Oceania They have extended an amazing offer in their resort for our competitors and teams.

Rate for competitors:

Evason room @ Thb 2,800 per room per night based on 5 night minimum stay to include:

• accommodation – based on single/double occupancy

• breakfast

• service charge

• government tax

TO BOOK YOUR ROOM CONTACT – reservations-huahin@evasonresorts.com

http://www.sixsenses.com/evason-resorts/hua-hin/destination

Please mention your are booking for the “Youth Olympic Games Qualifier – Pranburi 2018” when making the reservation


Foresta Pranburi

Foresta Pranburi is offering 20% off their current room rates during the event

contact them for booking – info@forestaresort.com

http://www.forestaresort.com/


Resort Preeburen

http://www.resort-preeburan.com/


Pulsawat Palm Resort 

http://www.pulsawatplamresort.com