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New Combined National Tour for NZ and the Aussies

Resort and Club Management company, Classic Holidays, has jumped on board to launch the first Australian and New Zealand  National Kiteboarding League (NKL), with a national event series  to commence in November 2015 on the Gold Coast.

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An initiative of the State Kiteboarding Associations, the Classic Holidays NKL will profile the sport’s top male and female kiters in both Wave and Freestyle disciplines in a 7-round series beginning on the Gold Coast from November 12-15, 2015.

Classic Holidays CEO, Ramy Filo, said sponsoring the first three years of the national event  was a natural fit for Australasia’s largest holiday management company.

“Classic Holidays is thrilled to  be launching  this exciting  trans-Tasman  venture,” said Mr Filo. “The  Classic

Holidays NKL  is a perfect fit for our brand as a holiday company, promoting healthy activities and  lifestyles while supporting something that will reach every corner of Australia as well as New Zealand.”

President of Kiteboarding Queensland & Northern Territory Inc. (KBQNT)  and NKL  Event Director, David De Witt, said the national ranking series was a giant leap towards the international stage for Australian and New Zealand kiteboarders.

“Kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, but until now there has never really been an opportunity for local kiteboarders to reach a professional level like surfing,” said Mr De Witt.

 “This  tour  will  not  only  showcase  our  best  kiteboarders  from  around  Australia  and  New  Zealand,  but importantly,  it  will  significantly  lift  the  profile  of  kiteboarding  as  an  amazing  spectator  sport  within  the region.”

Classic  Holidays  NKL  competitors  will  be  judged  in  a  similar  format  to  the  Virgin  Kitesurf  World Championships,  formerly  the  Professional  Kiteboard  Riders  Association  (PKRA),  which  is  the  major international  touring  event  for  kiteboarding  pros  and  is  now  owned  by  Virgin  founder  and  kiteboarding enthusiast Sir Richard Branson.

“We have got our sights firmly set on integrating our incredible Australian talent into that pool and launching them onto the international kiteboarding circuit,” said Mr De Witt.

For its first year, the Classic Holidays NKL series will begin on the Gold Coast and then travel to New Zealand for a trans-Tasman  leg  in Christchurch, before touring to Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, with the Grand Final back on the Gold Coast in February 2016.

More details including the full tour schedule are available at www.nkltour.com

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