Jobe kiter Dylan van der Meij winner of KTA 2014!
Jobe is really stoked to announce that Jobe kiter Dylan van der Meij took first place in the Boracay doubles yesterday, which makes him the winner of the KTA - Kiteboard Tour Asia 2014! Read his report of the contest below!
From 19 till 23 the final round of the KTA tour took part on Bulabog beach. Boracay is a small island in the Philippines, it is only 7,5 km long and 700m wide in the middle. The island is one of the most touristic places in the Philippines and is known as a party island, young tourist from all over the globe come here to enjoy Boracay’s nightlife.
Bulabog Beach is a well known kitespot and a popular holiday destination for many kite surfers from all over the world. The outside reef makes the turquoise water flat or a little bit choppy.
The event started with light winds so the organization ran the maximum amount of races ( 6 a day ) in twin tip and formula boards. During the week the wind forecast looked more promising for freestyle. With on shore wind over 25 knots I was super powered on my 10m Flysurfer Cronix. The flat water made it easy to land some good power tricks and I advanced all the way into the final. In one of my heats a massive black cloud passed by and delivered winds over 30 knots. Luckily I landed most of my tricks already just before the wind picked up.
In the final I was against Mike Blomvall from Sweden. Mike participated in many world tour events in the past. I was able to land most of my tricks again and won the single eliminations!
The next day we started with the double eliminations, this system gives the riders a second chance to end up higher in the competition. Mike got kicked out by Andrey Salnik from Ukraine so I had to compete against Andrey in the final. He had to beat me twice to take the titel because I won the singles the day before. The wind got really strong and gusty because of the rain and clouds. I had to take a smaller kite for this heat, my 8 meter. I didn’t had my best heat of the event and Andrey was riding really well, it was a tough decision for the judges. Luckily I won the heat and won the event! I also won the previous event in Indonesia so this made me the winner of the Asian tour 2014!! I am super happy with my result and want to thank my main sponsors, Flysurfer Kiteboarding and Jobe watersports for the support during the tour!