The PKRA World Cup 2010 has kicked off in Hua Hin, Thailand, the most amazing place if you desire consistent winds averaging 20 knots, beautiful blue sunny skies, and temperatures averaging 34 degrees Celsius. This was the setting for the Asian kiteboarding qualifier event the past few days.
A lot of people have a misconception about the wind here in Thailand. There are no proper weather predicting stations to allow for accurate wind measurements, however the wind blows consistently due to the thermal winds. Numerous amounts of spectators from all around the world watched as competitors from many different nations performed complex freestyle kiteboarding tricks.
The outcome of this well prepared, sponsored and organized event will be talked about for years to come. Four men as well as two female Asian riders were given the opportunity to compete in the PKRA World Cup which has kicked off today with the freestyle single eliminations.
Congratulations to all the winners, especially Nakano Hironobu (Naish, JPN) the men’s freestyle champion and the women’s freestyle champion, Aya Oshima (Cabrinha, JPN) who happen to both be from Japan. Yo Pudla (Ozone, THL) came in second place and Bobo Corniel (EH, D.R.) took third. Erika Lindberg (Flexifoil, SWE) took second place for the women’s and Ramona Serea from Romania took third place.
A special thank you to all the sponsor, and to all who put so much effort and long hours into organizing such a fabulous event, Raam Schnitman, Eran Forshlager, Todd Schoenberger to name a few and to all of those who work behind the scenes you are not forgotten.
A mandatory riders meeting is set for tomorrow morning at 10:00am with the first possible start of the continuation on the freestyle eliminations.