china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA

Continuing in the expectation of great things to come, the Grand Opening Ceremony here in Hainan Island, China, kicked off this special PKRA tour stop with much fanfare and attention. The ceremony included many distinguished guests from the government and community, as well as all the riders and PKRA organization.  Opening with dancing, drums, and music, the afternoon was marked by a welcoming ambience and anticipatory feel.

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA

Fans gathered around in much delight as the biggest names in kiteboarding threw down their best maneauvers, while many competitors seemed to enjoy the foreign feel of yet another exotic PKRA tour stop. All in all, the day was a great precursor to the action that is just around the corner. The anticipation and competitive spirit only grows with every hour that passes.

 

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA Action

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA Action

In terms of the all important weather, clouds stuck around just long enough to make an obvious departure around noon, a signal which seemed to cue the riders onto the water for some much-needed training and warm-up sessions.

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA Action palm

china kiteboarding Opening Ceremonies on the South China Sea PKRA Action palm

Later in the day, the opening ceremony attendees watched on as the riders went out on their larger kites, putting on a light wind spectacle for all to see. Even the racers got out for some practice runs before returning back to the hotels, hot tubs, and restaurants within the city.

For tomorrow, wind is expected to be fairly light at 10-14 knots.  The race director will make the call as to whether conditions are contestable for the first day of competition, either for race, freestyle, or both disciplines.

 

 

 

 

Kiteboarding In China PKRA Descends on Hainan Island

Arriving in China for the first time ever, the PKRA enjoyed a great welcome from the local organizers, fans, and community of Haikou, Hainan Island, China.  Registration got underway as usual, with 31 total competitors so far representing 16 different nations. This number is expected to increase, as more participants will arrive on the first day of competition.

Kiteboarding In China PKRA Descends on Hainan Island

Kiteboarding In China PKRA Descends on Hainan Island

On this day of anticipation and preparation, the wind averaged at around 18 knots with side onshore as the predominant direction. Competitors were able to get a feel for the conditions and put up 10 and 12-meter kites, with even greater sizes seen at the end of the afternoon.

With registration day also came the official welcome dinner, put on by the local Hainan Island government and attended by numerous government and city officials.  Welcoming the riders with great pride and excitement, the speakers communicated how great it is to have such a large-scale event here on Hainan Island, and how much they look forward to the action packed days to come.

Kiteboarding In China PKRA Descends on Hainan Island rider

Kiteboarding In China PKRA Descends on Hainan Island rider

Throughout the dinner, competitors were treated to local Hainan Island culinary specialties, as well as traditional music and entertainment. Thoroughly impressed with everything provided to them, PKRA competitors remained visibly fascinated, grateful, and appreciative of the many gifts the Chinese people extended to them. If this first day is any indication of the remaining week to come, the PKRA, its competitors, and fans as well, are in for an incredibly memorable and momentous event.

Over the next week, forecast models expect the wind to build, with contestable conditions a strong prediction.  As the second to last tour stop of the 2012 season, all the top riders remain ready and willing to do whatever it takes to earn top podium placements at this huge event. The tight point differences at the very top of the ladder also make this an exceptionally important stop for competitors including, Alex Pastor (ESP), Youri Zoon (NED), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), and Gisela Pulido (ESP), among others.

Keep in mind, most riders have never set foot on this coveted kiting spot, which will surely provide a challenge for all the competitors involved.  Going into the first day of competition, one thing is certain – this PKRA Hainan Island Tour Stop will go down in history as the first ever major kiteboarding event in China’s history, and the kiting feats witnessed in the South China sea will surely show the world just how long overdue this event really is.

For more information regarding the event, visit www.ProKiteTour.com and the PKRA Facebook page for daily updates.

 

 

 

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

As the month of November nears, PKRA fans and competitors grow more excited by the day for the first ever Professional Kiteboarding World Tour stop in Haikou, Hainan Island, China.  Never before has such a large-scale kiting event seen the wonders of the Chinese landscape, and this will surely mark kiteboarding’s official entrance into the region with unmatched excitement and exhilaration.

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

First Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop in China

Nearing the end of the 2012 season, no location could be more fitting for such a momentous event than the land where kites were invented over 3,000 years ago. This region of the country is more than just a windy kite destination; in fact, many refer to it as the “Hawaii of China”, as it is defined by its extraordinary scenic beauty and abundance of lush landscapes.

This tropical oasis, which is surrounded by some 200 islands, remains a well known and highly visited tourist attraction. Hainan Island, which translates to “south of the sea” is located in the South China Sea, and will provide both freestyle and racing competitors the ultimate conditions for battling it out in this landmark event. The best riders in the world will descend on this faraway region and begin competition on November 12th through the 18th.

With the battle for World Championship titles incredibly close, the stakes are higher than ever. Top contenders including Alex Pastor (ESP), Youri Zoon (NED), Gisela Pulido (ESP), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), and many more, will all vie for top positioning in order to have the greatest advantage going into the last event of the year in New Caledonia.

For this event, the live stream will continue to bring all the action to the thousands of PKRA fans around the globe. For more information in the coming days leading up to the event, keep informed through the PKRA Facebook fan page and Twitter feed. Fans can also continue to find the latest news through the PKRA homepage at www.prokitetour.com.

China will be hosting the first ever Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) World Tour stop, between 12th-19th November, in Haikou, Hainan Island.

Top contenders including Alex Pastor, Youri Zoon, Gisela Pulido, Bruna Kajiya and many more will all aim for top positioning, in order to have the greatest advantage going into the last event of the year, in New Caledonia.

Never before has such a large-scale kiting event seen the wonders of the Chinese landscape and this will surely mark kiteboarding’s official entrance into the region with unmatched excitement and exhilaration.

This tropical oasis, which is surrounded by some 200 islands, remains a well known and highly visited tourist attraction.

Hainan Island, which translates to “south of the sea” is located in the South China Sea, and will provide both freestyle and racing competitors the ultimate conditions for battling it out in this landmark event.

Nearing the end of the 2012 season, no location could be more fitting for such a momentous event than the land where kites were invented over 2800 years ago.

This region of the country is more than just a windy kite destination. In fact, many refer to it as the “Hawaii of China”, as it is defined by its extraordinary scenic beauty and abundance of lush landscapes.

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The PKRA Confirms First Ever Visit to Egypt

The PKRA is thrilled to announce one of the most exciting tour stops for the 2013 season, in El Gouna, Egypt. Located on the Red Sea and famed for its resort feel, El Gouna will host the PKRA in true Egyptian style. This announcement comes with an official confirmation and plans to make this a certain highlight of the year.

Members of the Professional Kite Riders Association remain incredibly excited for this first time ever event, and look forward to enjoying the favorable conditions and cultural delights that this region is known to provide. In fact, this resort area has long specialized in watersports, and has become a destination of choice for many kitesurfers across the world. Parasailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling have also become major tourist attractions of the area.

The PKRA Confirms First Ever Visit to Egypt

The PKRA Confirms First Ever Visit to Egypt

In the meantime, the PKRA continues to work on the schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. Many familiar tour stops will comprise yet another exciting year, while new and sensational places will also emerge on the schedule. With anticipation high as both the riders and the organization looks forward another banner season, the amazing competition to come will surely continue to motivate athletes during this training period leading up to a new year.

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rider Name :youri zoon

nick name  :sloeri

Country origin : holland

Kiteboard kitesurf favorite destination : South africa (capetown)

Future Goals in the kiteboarding world : winning several world title,s

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