POSTED: Wednesday March 7th 2018

KTA: Asia/Oceania Youth Olympic Kiteboard Qualifier set to take place March 13-18 in Thailand

Asia-Oceania YOG Kiteboard Trials © KTA
Asia-Oceania YOG Kiteboard Trials © KTA

Youth Olympic Kiteboarding © KTA
Youth Olympic Kiteboarding © KTA

Youth Olympic Twin Tip Kiteboard Racing © KTA
Youth Olympic Twin Tip Kiteboard Racing © KTA

For immediate release: Taking place in the sparkling waters of Pak Nam Pran, Thailand between 13-18 March 2018, the KTA and the Kiteboarding Association Thailand (KAT) will be co-hosting the Asia-Oceania regional Youth Olympic kiteboard qualifiers for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) slated to be held in Buenos Aires in October of this year.
The World is watching

This acclaimed event, supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand and Iconic Studio, will be the third and final regional qualifier for the IKA Youth Olympic trials, following the Americas event in Cabarete, and the European-African event in Dakhla. Should there be any young Olympic hopefuls who still have yet to make the cut, they will have a final last chance at qualifying during the TTR Youth Slalom World Championships in Boao, China at the beginning of May.

Kiteboarding's Crusade to the Olympics

As many are well aware, kiteboarding's road to the Olympics has been rocky one so far. It briefly seemed as though kiteboarding would be included in the 2012 Olympic Games, but a quick-fire decision from the powers that be reversed the vote, sending kiteboarding back to the bench for another few years. Yet 2018 sees the tables turning in its favour as the sport takes its place in the Olympic arena this October for the very first time.

The Lowdown on the YOG Competition Format
After much speculation from many in the sport, it's been decided and approved by the IOC that the format for the Youth Olympic competition will be TTR (twin tip racing) Slalom/Boarder X. This action-packed, high speed style of downwind racing brings riders right up to the shoreline as they navigate their way through a zig-zag of buoys and obstacles.

The TTR Slalom/ Boarder X format was officially trailed for the first time in Pak Nam Pran in March 2017 with resounding success. It was a new format for everybody, so initially, there were plenty of struggles for the riders to overcome while they adjusted and became accustomed to the new style of riding.

But with only a few tangles and crashes at the beginning, soon enough the riders were loving the quick-fire style of racing. We gathered and listened to plenty of feedback from riders around the world, about how enjoyable (and challenging) it was to work on their downwind technique and slalom racing strategy. Meanwhile, spectators on the beach were thrilled to have the race action brought so close to the shoreline, truly evolving into an Olympic racing format that will captivate Olympic viewers and attract attention for the sport worldwide.
What to Expect at the Event in Pak Nam Pran
The upcoming competition will take place on the azure waters at Pak Nam Pran Pranburi, the same location as the first IKA trial with the Youth Olympic format during last year's Moose IKA Asian Championships. Asia has been at the forefront of the development of this class, helping the IKA to gain recognition from World Sailing after founding its first international races via the KTA back in 2009.

TTR is strong in all of the national events that take place around the region, as KAT will demonstrate as they launch the first round of the 2018 Thai National Series at Pak Nam Pran, with two days of exciting racing taking place March 10th and 11th.

To be eligible to participate at the 2018 YOG, riders must have born between the years of 2000 - 2003. This represents the 4 years of each Olympic Games and ensures a fair balance within the age range of competitors. It does limit the potential number of riders we might have expected to see at a TTR event in Asia, with many hopefuls either just too young or too old to enter.

During the event, any riders who are registered to compete in the YOG qualifiers will be eligible to walk away with their very own pro-athlete website provided by one of this year's sponsors, Dot Asia.

International Media Interest

The Asia-Oceania Youth Olympic Kiteboard Qualifiers can expect a high level of international media interest. Not only from an Olympic sports news point of view, but also coming from the broad range of cross-platform channels created by the KTA Media team. This will included a large social media engagement, worldwide print syndication, video IPTV output and international TV broadcasts reaching in excess of 150 million households in more than 140 countries - including a full follow-up TV documentary.

Looking Ahead to the Big Day

From all of us at the KTA, we invite you to come and join us for the ground breaking event on the golden beaches in Pak Nam Pran. The more the merrier! In the meantime, we're all sending massive support to all of the young riders who are already preparing for the big day.
Get the latest news in the lead up to the event on the event Facebook page.
Looking forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks!

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