Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sri Lanka for Olympics in Kitesurfing Oneday?

Not many in the Corporate Sector in Sri Lanka understand the potential of the sport in Sri Lanka. So hard to get a sponsor. Kiting is heading somewhere big? Read below courtesy Sports Features.
Kiteboarding is ready for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The KTA is pleased to report that the worlds governing body for the sport of sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held their 2012 Olympic equipment and format trials last week. A total of nearly 70 sailors attended the event, 18 of them being kiteboarders of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) in pursuit of a participation in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta.
In May 2011 ISAF chose eight of the ten eventes to represent Sailing in Rio de Janeiro, the remaining to slots being either windsurfing or kiteboarding, or a combination of both. Windsurfing has a long and successful track record in the Olympic Games starting back in 1984, but has lately lost a bit of its appeal to the youth of the world. Kiteboarding is now in a position where windsurfing was 25 years ago, the new kids on the block but a breed of its own.
The mission for the kiteboard sailors from 10 countries and 4 continents was to showcase that they are ready - and succeeded. The five day long trials saw a good mixture of all possible wind and water conditions, ranging from 4-5 knots and rolling surf to 18 knots and seas up to 1.5 meter. The performance that the kiteboards showed on all courses was superb - the sailors of the equipment trials for multihulls and skiffs that took place at the same time and venue were surprised to see sailing vessels going upwind in 6 knots of wind at board speeds of 14 knots, and blasting downwind at 25 knots - 4 times the wind speed.
ISAF president Goran Petersson used the opportunity to convince himself on the water on what modern kiteboard racing equipment is able to do. He spent 1.5 hours on the water talking to the kiteboard sailors which gave him explanations on equipment and tactics.
Markus Schwendtner, IKA Executive Secretary, said “We are more than happy with the outcome of this trial event. ISAF got all the information they needed and the evaluation panel (consisting of experts from various specialist ISAF committees) will publish a very positive report to the ISAF council. It is then up to the representatives of the national sailing associations to take a decision for or against kiteboarding. All feedback we received was overwhelming, and it would be a pity if ISAF would miss our spectacular discipline for another 4 years and sticks with what they have.”
The format trials themselves brought some exciting new racing formats that the class will introduce in their upcoming major events: a fleet racing format that not only tests tactical skills but also incorporates a high speed slalom part to test equipment handling skills, and a new medal race series format which is fully run in an elimination system: this is where heroes are made, and for the first time all the drama of other sports is incorporated into a sailing competition format. Sailors from the back can still grab gold on a good day, and the heroes from the qualifying races can drop down to zero. All the drama, all the intensity of emotions will peak in this last elimination for gold, and the final heat will see gold-silver-bronze-and sorry. All of that optimized for live TV broadcasting, with race length of 4-5 minutes and jumping on the finishing reach for the money shot - a format highly comparable to the successful snowboard and ski cross formats of the winter Olympic Games.
The focus of the decision making process is now moving to the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, beginning of May. Delegates from the more than hundred ISAF member nations will come together then to discuss the future of the sport and the urgently needed modernization as requested by the International Olympic Committee. If a decision will be made already is not clear yet - the last chance to do so would be the annual conference in November.
Kiteboarding is now in its 4th year as an international ISAF class - and gives especially sailors from emerging nations a chance to compete in the Olympic Games as the equipment would be the most affordable of all Olympic Classes.
Kiteboarding is exercised on all beaches of the world, from small caribbean islands to kilometer long beaches in south east Asia, where literally whole towns are living from the tourism industry that kiteboarding brought.
The International Kiteboarding Association is an ISAF international class since 2008. Its mission is to unite and assist the different kiteboarding formats and national class associations around the world.
At the moment, there are nearly 40 national class associations affiliated to the IKA, and there are active fleets in at least 71 countries with a strong focus on emerging nations.
IKA is governing national associations as well as continental tours in Europe and Asia, as well as two world tours in the disciplines of Freestyle and Wave Performance.
The KTA was formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of kiteboarders throughout Asia, and to bring professional level competition and training to the region. The KTA launched the first international tour of its kind in Asia in September 2009 visiting five countries over the 2009/2010 season and is now in its third season.
The KTA is open to everyone from anywhere, amateur and pro riders alike. It is the one and only officially Asian continental tour sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), the kitesurfing world governing body, which in turn is the class representative to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) sanctioning international sailing competitions from world championship to Olympic levels.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Plan your trips in advance - Kite in Paradise

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka contrary to what facebook says...

In Sri Lanka, you will be pleased to know that we actually get to kite quite a lot during the season (and 'off season'). It begins May 2012 and its bound to be epic. Join us!

Kite Cartoon Sri Lanka

A friend of Kitesurfing Lanka, Jonathan  sketched his idea of what Kitesurfing Lanka is all about! I then tried to paint it! Join us this May - it will be as colourful!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pradeep from India catches the Kiting Bug!

Pradeep is a humble citizen from India. He marvelled us when he learnt to swim in 3 days! He has lots of stamina and has now caught on the kitesurfing bug. We long to see our brothers in India Kite!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Colours of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will blow you away even if there is no wind. Its an amazing country. Watch this great clip called 'The Colors Of Sri Lanka' by Michal Krumpár.
This is just short video from ours amazing 3 weeks trip in the colorful lnd of Sri Lanka. I used music from Sigur Ros - Hoppippolla. Short video was shot on Canon 7D

Saturday, March 3, 2012


We know Sri Lanka and can also plan an epic trip.