Sri Lanka to host first ever international competition in kiteboard – KTA Sri Lanka Asian Freestyle X Championships
Asia’s long established kiteboard competition organization, the KTA, is reportedly heading to Sri Lanka in order to launch the country’s first ever international competition in kiteboard – the KTA Sri Lanka Asian Freestyle X Championships.
According to reports, Kiteboarding has been growing steadily in Sri Lanka, as its strong wind reputation and stunning riding locations became known across the kiting world.
The KTA Sri Lanka event is taking place in Kalpitiya from the 4 – 8 September, 2018 and is sponsored by Sri Lanka Tourism.
The KTA is to also collaborate with the Kalpitiya Windsports Club which acts as the umbrella organization for all the kite schools in the area.
All the action is to take place at Kalpitiya the ‘hotspot’ for kiteboarding in the country.
Kalpitiya has been described in reports as an exquisite coastal region located on the Western coastal belt, north of Colombo. The sport takes place on a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalam to the east and the magnificent Indian Ocean to the west.
It is an unrivalled marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches.
The area is known for its natural environment which consists of 14 islands, with its population traditionally earning their living from fishing.
Reports state that Kalpitiya is being transformed by the kiteboarding scene and is now considered the best location to kite in the country. It has a great summer season from May to October, with strong consistent winds pumping in during the south-west monsoon. The winter season runs from around from mid-December to mid-February, during the north east monsoon.
The kiteboarding tournament in Sri Lanka would result in the promotion of adventure tourism in the country. The promotion of kiteboarding in Sri Lanka would result in the development of Kalpitiya as a tourist destination dedicated for the purpose. The development of Kalpitiya as tourist destination for kitebaording is an investment opportunity for foreign businesses engaged in the promotion of adventure tourism.
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