The local scene throughout Asia is looking pretty solid as we head into the full SE Asian winter monsoon season.
In fact the local scene is getting even more local, with location and club led events popping up this season as spins off’s from the national tours, which in themselves grew out of the KTA Asia tour – well that’s what we like to tell ourselves anyway …
The past week saw the Philippine’s PKA National Series kicking off , over in Siargao. A beautiful location that combines both flat-water and wave riding. Siargao is a new up and coming kite spot in the Philippines and the PKA took full advantage of adding it to their tour this season.
You can check in on the outcomes and how it all went on the PKA Facebook page, where there is also a very cool video edit of the event from My Life on Board
Meanwhile over in Thailand, just as the PKA kick’s off their season, KAT are bringing theirs to an end. The Thailand season finals take place mid-December over in Najomtien, in what promises to be another hard fought event, especially with the countries ‘hotbed’ of racing talent.
The Thai racing tribe is inspired by Yo Narapichit Pudla, Asia’s highest world ranked course racer and many times Asian champ in his own right. Yo is leading the charge also to continue this heritage with a series of local training races at his own home spot. So if you are in the area, head over, there is always a big welcome and you will sure learn a lot into the bargain too.
This club level vibe carry’s across the water too, as Bintan based KTA team member, Harun Rashid hosts the first of his Trikora Fun Cup events in January. This was the scene of course for the first Indonesian KTA a couple of seasons ago, and an amazing event that turned out to be. Great spot with nice winds, so well worth a wee post Christmas trip too So, if you fancy hanging out with Harun and the Bintan boys for a few days. head on over.
Updates on the event as we close in on the dates can be found on the Kitoons page
Meanwhile over in Japan, the country that has the longest running national tour, the JPKA drew its 2015 season to a close last month. TIem over there almost for the guys to swap out those wetsuits and kiteboards for hoodies and snowboards as winter heads there way.
The Japanese national kiteboard scene is actually one of the longest running globally and is actually older than the KTA.
Very cool to see Japan still has a strong kite race scene and check out those results, riders running in all classes – Formula, Foil and TT.
Nice work JPKA.
All this before the KTA X-Champs even kicks off with its first round in Vietnam in February http://goo.gl/JSp1hv and not to be left out the Mui Ne crew have also kicked off a local event ‘ The Mui Ne Open Air’ which we understand they planned to run monthly. Check out the video below for the first Mui Ne Open Air.
What a great season this is starting out to be – see you somewhere in Asia !!