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Back to the Land Of Smiles


Just a week to go to the fourth round of the KTA as it heads to the land of smiles, which of course means it’s back to Thailand and the pristine beaches of Pak Nam Pran in Pranburi.

Support this year by international logistics company GAC and the local Pranburi Government, with of course the title brand sponsor Cabrinha, the KTA will be hosted this year at the newly transformed and upgraded Government beach waterfront. This also happens to be the one of the locations of another KTA tour sponsor Kite Zone. So with a smart new beach location, a prize package worth around US$12,000, a heap of great local support and great wind in Pranburi so far this year, its promises to be a KTA event to remember.

Riders and supporters who attended the KTA in Thailand last year will remember it well for its tremendous welcome and support, its lush surrounds, killer competition in typhoon style wind and the complete loss of the beach on day two. This made for a tricky landing and launching over the final days of the competition and is one of the main considerations in the move this year to a much larger beach location. So fingers crossed hopefully bags of space for everyone no matter what the weather decides to throw at us.

It’s been a good turn out this season so far on the tour and we fully expect to see a good number of riders battling it out again this year in Thailand. There is still plenty of time to register if you are thinking of having a go and special deal packages available for riders hotel wise, but these re filling fast so don’t leave it too long. If you are in travelling in area then why not come along and take in some of the action as home favorite and current Asian Champion Yo Pudla continues his battles with Japan’s Hiro Nakano and the Philippines Ken Nacor in the men’s freestyle. While over in women side of things Germany’s Borgwardt will be looking to hang onto her top position from another member of this year’s strong Japanese team, Aya Oshima.

Look out also for the continuing race action with Lithuania’s Deivis Maciulis heading the field in this year’s overall rankings after the first half of the tour, while in the TT Class the head to head continues with Kinn Nguyen Ngoc and from Vietnam and Hong Kong’s Dennis Wong. For Ladies once again Kathrin Borgwadrt leads the overall feet rankings, with Holland’s Marielle van de Riet and current Asian Champ Hill Siu chasing each other over in the TT Class.

Thailand also see the return of one of the sport’s top Old Skool riders Toby Braeuer who will be hoping as ever to wow the crowds with his big air boards off and spins. So let’s hope the conditions play ball and allow us not to only run the KTA Old Skool Project but also to field the full range of competition disciplines over the five days.