The KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series Debuted in Desaru Coast Johor

Participants getting ready to head out at the start of the race

The KTA International Kiteboarding series definitely made an impact across the region

Desaru Coast Johor had welcomed round 2 of the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Asia Pacific Hydrofoil Series from 14th-16th December 2018. The all new series was introduced by KTA after the successful running of the Youth Olympics qualifier earlier last year.

The KTA Asia Pacific Hydrofoil Series Desaru Coast 2018 was the first Asian Hydrofoil Surfing tournament held in Malaysia and the event saw some of the best local and international kiteboarders competing over 3 days of racing in Desaru, Johor.

Kiteboarding has been the world’s fastest growing water sport since its inclusion in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This trend is set to continue as the sport of Kiteboarding makes its debut in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The sport in its various formats provides a thrilling experience on land, sea, and snow and some of its popular disciplines include free style, wave, slalom, big air, and speed.

Roslina Arbak, CEO of Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd (DH1) said, “We are thrilled that Desaru Coast was part of this increasingly popular international event. The KTA Asia Pacific Hydrofoil Series Desaru Coast 2018 was part of our efforts to bring more lifestyle experiences through our ‘Desaru Coast life series’ programme where we continue to curate events and activities that covers sports, lifestyle, and entertainment”.

Along with the wide variety of water and beach sports, kiteboarding is growing in popularity along the shores of Desaru. Furthermore, the north east monsoon season is one of the best times for advanced participants to test their skills; pushing them to their limits in challenging speed winds of 20 knots or more.

KTA founder and Event Director Willy Kerr said, “KTA was very excited to set sail in Malaysia by partnering with Desaru Coast to bring the Asia Pacific Hydrofoil Series Desaru Coast 2018, Malaysia’s first ever international kiteboarding event. This not only opened up a brand new location to the kite surfing world but provided Asian riders another platform to perform on the international stage”.