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2012 Australian National Titles/ KTA Australian Open-Townsville

The Event

The KTA is stretching its legs in its latest Open Event and linking up with its Australasian cousins to bring you the first KTA Australian Open in combo with the Australian Kiteboard Nationals. The event is sanctioned by the IKA and is in partnership with the AKSA to endorse their Australian national championship this year.

The event being sponsored by Events Queensland is to take place in North Queensland at Townsville with the AKSA under the local organisation of the James Cook University Kiteboarding Club.

Presented Sponsor


Events Queensland is a department of the Queensland Government.

Events Queensland attracts and supports, grows and promotes successful events in Queensland, Australia. Through building a dynamic and diverse events calendar, and strategic investment across a range of major, business and regional events, Events Queensland supports regional economies and showcases Queensland as a place where events shine.

Varying from major international tournaments to small community-run festivals, all these events share a common goal – to boost the social and economic prosperity of Queensland. Events play a vital role in attracting visitors to Queensland and supporting the state’s $9 billion tourism industry – an industry that sustains more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs. It is estimated that events deliver an overall economic boost to Queensland of almost $1 billion a year.

Events Queensland has a subsidiary company, Events Queensland Gold Coast, which owns and operates the popular Gold Coast Airport Marathon and the biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games. The Events Queensland Regional Development Program also ensures benefits reach far beyond cities and into smaller communities throughout Queensland.


Location and Event

Townsville is tropical North Queensland’s capital and a kiteboarding mecca with SE trade winds blowing from April to November. Townsville is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and has some of Australia’s best kiteboarding locals in the region (Alva Beach, Cungalla, Lucinda..) with top class wind and kiting conditions. Townsville also offers lots of options on places to stay, eat, drink, party and try your hand at other Watersports like fishing, diving when you are not competing.

As well as the KTA international Open and Australian national championships, the event is being paired with beach music festival (more info to follow on this one). The competitions will be located in Pallarenda and Magnetic Island. The freestyle and old school comps will take takes place in Pallarenda at the Robertson Park at 3Mile Creek right in front of the beautiful Magnetic Island with Townsville’s iconic Castle Hill in the background with flat or more or less flat water. The course racing will happen 300m offshore and the one of Magnetic Island to Townsville 20km Race will be one of the events highlights to be held on Sunday the 10th June.

Also there will be a wake style-kicker and slider park in Pallarenda for all the competitors to show some amazing action riding the obstacles, it’s not part of the competitions but it’s one mega chance to show off and get some camera time for sure.

Pallarenda beach itself is a wide and long beach, with a stretch of sand dunes separating the beach and the main event site in Robertson Park with a lot of space for set-up and launching needs. The tides are perfect for the event and the event site in Robertson Park will have a tent village for riders to store their gear and set/pack up in the shade.


The winds during June in North Queensland/Townsville come from the southeast-northeast, with wind speeds between 15-25knts. This will give a right to left cross onshore for the competition beach.


Temperatures for June range from 25 – 32 degrees Celsius with blue skies.

The water temperature will be around 28 degrees Celsius.



Event Registration

  • Competition Disciplines & Prize purse –
  • Australian Freestyle Nationals – Australian residents only
  • Course Racing RB class – international and national
  • Course Race TT class – international and national
  • Long distance Magnetic Islands race – international
  • Old Skool – international
Prize Breakdown per Discipline for KTA Australian Open / Nationals
1st 2nd 3rd
Men $1000 $500 $200
Women $1000 $500 $200

There is a flat fee registration for this event whether you choose to do one or all of the events. This fee has been set at $200 (AUD) and it will really help if you can register before the event by clicking onto the link below. There will be a final onsite last chance registration day on the first day it you blow out the online option



Please note that the KTA Australian Open is a mixed international and national level event. All disciplines will be run as combined competitions other than the Australian Freestyle Nationals.

As a sanctioned event all ranking competition disciplines will be run under the IKA class rules with the Old Skool under the KTA Old Skool Project rules: please check the latest versions in the Riders Info section on the KTA website – top bar menu

Event Schedule

Programme information to be released soon but for now check out the race areas

Local Organiser

James Cook University Kiteboarding Club

Contact –marvin@intheloopkiteboarding.com

Marvin: +61 415 837 484
En: +61 410 749 995


Internationally you can fly into Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane or Sydney airports and then transfer down to Townsville by a domestic flight. Flights from Brisbane or Sydney to Townsville are around $100.





Hotels, backpackers, resorts and caravan parks, shopping centres are all within 10mins from the event site. We will advise on specials with partners.

Please check for your Visa requirement status to Australia as this varies for different countries and nationalities. The following link is to the Australian Government Department of Immigration website and should give you most of the info you need. It is also possible for those of you that can to be able to apply for your tourist visa here online also.


For further information and advice on travel and accommodation please contact the local organiser for help.