ICTSI kiteboarding sails off in Bacolod

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THE ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour kicks off its fifth season this Friday with more than 300 participants, led by Swedish ace Atte Kapel and young star Christian Tio, raring to showcase their skills and wares in Lakawon Island in Bacolod.

Kapel, the top-ranked racer in the world, banners the foreign field while the 17-year-old Tio, the reigning Asian titlist who, along with his Phl youth team buddies, will lead the local challenge in the four-leg Tour also serving as part of their build-up for the coming Youth Olympic Games qualifier.

PKA president Jay Ortiz (right) discusses the mechanics of the fifth ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour. With him are PKA VP Ken Nacor (center) and race director Hendrick Van Pierre.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting and action-packed four-stop kiteboarding tournament across the country,” said Philippine Kiteboarding Association president Jay Ortiz during yesterday’s press launch at the Mango Tree Restaurant at Bonifacio Global City.

After testing the environs of Lakawon Island for the first time in the kickoff leg, the Tour will bring riders and competitors to Bantayan Island, Cebu on Jan. 5-7, 2018, then Boracay Island on Feb. 9-11, 2018, and finally in Cagbalete Island on March 2-4.

“PKA’s main purpose is to promote the sport of kiteboarding throughout the country and to develop local talents for regional and international competitions. Hopefully, we can build the next generation of kiteboarding superstars who can bring our country our first Olympic gold,” Ortiz said.

ICTSI, a staunch supporter since the Tour’s inception, reaffirmed its commitment to the endeavor and handed P3.5 million.

“ICTSI has been our main partner since we began this Tour. They’ve been very gracious and exceptionally supportive in providing us with the necessary funds to make this tour a reality and making this event one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated kiteboarding tournaments in the region,” said PKA treasurer Carlo Leongson.

Competitors will strut their stuff in the kiteboarding disciplines of Race, Hang Time and Freestyle in the event made possible by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., the Tour’s title sponsor as well as Cabrinha, Greenyard Boracay, Cobra Energy Drink, Aboitiz Foundation and Float Captain.

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