Action, Sun and Fun at Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series 2019


Thrilling competitive glide over Desaru Coast’s water with fun kites in the air

The annual Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series returned to the shores of Desaru Coast for the 2019 season, from the 12th to 14th July 2019 which saw 43 participants from 14 countries around the world, including Malaysia, competing in Desaru Coast down south.

One of the competitors flashing a smile while gliding

The KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series was open to everyone from all walks of life, amateur and pro-riders alike, becoming the only official Asian continental tour endorsed by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), the kitesurfing world governing body.

The KTA Series is the first ever Asian Hydrofoil Surfing Tour Competition to be held in Malaysia and since last year, it has returned to Desaru Coast for the second time with the largest congregation of participants.

Kiteboarding participant’s moment captured during the event

Roslina Arbak, Chief Executive Officer of Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd (DH1) said, “We are delighted to be the venue host for the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series Desaru Coast for two years in a row. Building on from last year’s success, we look forward in welcoming all international and local kiteboarders to the shores of Desaru Coast as we aim to position our destination as an ideal venue for all types of sports, lifestyle and entertainment events in the region.”

Kiteboarding decorating the sea and skies of Desaru Coast for 3 days

As the third day unfolded, the results were announced:

No. Women’s category Masters’ category Men’s category
1. Jingle Chen (China) Soon Ho Kwon (Korea) Waoran Zhang (China)
2. Natalie Fintrop Clarke (Australia) Daniel Leow (Malaysia) Qibin Huang (China)
3. Benyapa Jantawan (Thailand) Sucheol Cho (Korea) Juntham Whatchapong (Thaiand)
4. Soyun Lee (Korea) Sugihara Kazamusa (Japan) Soon Ho Kwon (Korea)
5. Vincent Lam (Singapore) Daniel Leow (Malaysia)

For more information on the event, please visit Kiteboard Tour Asia or log on to Desaru Coast to find out more about the destination and its unique offerings.