Part of an Asian kiteboarding tournament will be held in Vietnam late February next year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently announced on its website.
The KTA Asian X - Championship 2016’s first race will take place from February 24 to 28 at Ninh Chu Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, located in the south-central region.
The second and third races are scheduled for March 15 to 20 in Thailand and for April 6 to 10 in China.
The professional sport tournament, organized by the International Kiteboarding Association, will be attended by over 100 kiteboarders from 40 countries and regions.
It will include men’s and women’s categories across freestyle, course racing and big air disciplines.
The tournament is an opportunity for the province to strengthen international exchanges, promote the development of various marine sports in not only Ninh Thuan but also across Vietnam, as well as attract more tourists.
Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport.
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 organization said on its website.
The KTA launched the first international tour of its kind in Asia in September 2009 and visits up to five countries each season as part of the Asian Kiteboard Championship Tour.
The tournament was previously held in Mui Ne, a well-known coastal resort town in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan, in 2010 and 2011.