BY KAREN BERMEJO
More than 80 local and international kiteboard riders flock the second leg of the first Philippine Kiteboarding Tour in Boracay last January 3 to 5.
The tour was organized by the Philippine Kiteboarding Association aims to harness the talents of the Filipino kiteboarders as well as to draw international riders in the country’s top kiteboarding spots.
Kiteboarding is a sport in which participants ride a form of wakeboard or surfboard harnessed to a large kite which is controlled by the rider.
“Through this tour, we also want to look for delegates to represent the country in international kiteboarding competitions,” said PKA president Jay Ortiz.
The tournament was held at the Bulabog Beach area, which is considered as the wind sports spot of the island.
Ortiz said the tour kicked off in Playa, Calatagan, Batangas late last year. After the tournament in Boracay, the tour will move to Vigan, Ilocos Sur on Jan. 31-Feb. 2; then to Lake Caliraya in Cavinti, Laguna, on Feb. 6-8, and the last stop will be at Puerto Princesa, Palawan on March 7-9.
The tournament had three main events – the Twin Tip Racing: Circuit Race; Freestyle: Tricks and Kite Stunts; and the Cabrinha Hangtime Challenge: Longest jump.
The main sponsor, the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. put a total cash pot of $18,000 for the three-day event with Cabrinha, maker of the best kites in the world, adding $16,000 worth of equipment.
Other tour sponsors include Boracay Greenyard, the official distributor of Cabrinha equipments, Stoked, Dakine, Aloha Boardsports, and supported by Tanduay Ice, Colt 45, and Summit Water.
Island major sponsors include Aqua Boracay, Blue Marlin Boracay, Kasbah Boracay, Freestyle Academy Kitesurfing, Liberalia Boracay, Philippine Fun Tours and X-Treme Sports. Minor Island sponsors include Palassa Private Residences, Pahuwayan Suites, Valhalla Bar and Restaurant, Bom Bom Bar, Smoke PDKSP and OJ’s Roast Bake
LEARN KITEBOARDING IN THE ISLAND
With constant winds and warm water, Boracay is considered as the best kiteboarding spot not just in the Philippines but of Asia.
For 40-something female kiteboarder Linley Teng, thought extreme, kiteboarding is a sport that is not that hard to master.
“First, you must learn how to swim,” said Teng, a native of Manila, but frequently visits Boracay to kiteboard.
Teng said that it is in Boracay where she learned the sport.
Though hesitant at first, she decided to enroll in a kiteboarding lesson in Boracay.
And though half blind, Teng did not fail to achieve her mission.
“As a beginner, Boracay is much easier to learn, since water is shallow. And once learn how to kiteboard, your life will never be the same,” she shared.
To start, you can enroll in a nine-hour initial course on kiteboarding, which is usually costs, P19,000 for the complete course, according to Teng.
For those who wanted to learn the sport, there are a lot of kiteboarding schools in Boracay you can try, she adds.
KITEBOARDING TOUR ASIA
This February, top asian riders will again converge in Boracay for the 5th season of the Kiteboarding Tour Asia, Asia’s largest Kiteboarding competition.
See you on the following dates:
|19 February 2014||Registration Day
Set-up and warm-up day
|Registration 11am – 4pm
warm-up and sort your kit out day
|20 February 2014||Competition||Freestyle, TT and RB class
|21 February 2014||Competition||Freestyle, TT and RB class
|Mid-way party night|
|22 February 2014||Competition||Freestyle, TT and RB class
|23 February 2014||Competition & Awards Night||Freestyle, TT and RB class
|Award Ceremony and Closing