Sunday, July 11, 2010

Be a part of the coolest sport during the hottest time in Sri Lanka! - Sunday Times 2010

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Kite Jam 2010 – Sri Lanka’s first Kitesurfing event is held at the Kappalady Lagoon in Kalpitiya
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These guys didn’t quite make it for the Bradby, neither did they opt for parties in Colombo – they chose something closer to their hearts, closer to nature, something that would give them a rush - Kitesurfing!
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Kitesurfing blends a number of high powered sporting disciplines such as windsurfing, surfing and wake boarding. The kitesurfer uses the power of the wind to power a kite which helps propel one along a body of water at high speeds with the use of a kiteboard.
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Kitesurfing has come a long way since its inception over 15 years ago. In Sri Lanka the scene has slowly but surely gaining popularity. Currently there are around 15 resident kitesurfers, expats and a few locals involved in the sport.
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Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular destination for the sport with ideal winds, water temperature and mixture of sea and lagoon enticing the freestyle and wave riders alike.
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Kite Jam 2010, Sri Lanka’s first kitesurfing event held on June 26 attracted 16 kiters from all over the world including professional kitesurfers. Two events were held, the Jump Event and the Timed Event won by Leo Moret and Hannes Knoltz respectively.
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Kalpitiya boasts of perfect conditions for kiting. Understanding the potential this location, Elements (Pvt) Limited, a BOI company is in the process of setting up Sri Lanka’s first Kite Village which would offer luxury accommodation, kitesurf lessons, equipment and other related products.
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Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka is here to stay, and you could be part of the coolest sport during the hottest time in Sri Lanka!
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The writer is a team rider for Faith Kiteboarding (www.faith-kiteboarding.com) and runs Sri Lanka’s only Kitesurf related blog – see www.kitesurfingsrilanka.com
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3 comments:

Mike Chomley said...

FYI - Surprised you were not aware that 'Kitekuda' has been up and runninng for 3 months - In fact the 'pro' riders you refer to in your article were resident there - It is a dedicated Kitesurfer accomodation facility right on the ocean/lagoon at Kappaladdi.
“Kitekuda” – Dedicated to accommodate Sri Lankas kitesurf community as well as international travelers looking for reasonably priced accommodation and schooling/guidance.

Sri Lanka wind profile for ‘Kitekuda’ location
http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=115722

Mischi (Swiss-speaking 5 languages) and Leo (French) run the Kite school – catering for beginners through to advanced adventure seekers. www.srilankakiteschool.com

If you would like further information in order to better inform your readers feel free to contact me.

Mike Chomley said...

BTW - Facebook page for Kitekuda.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kappaladi/Kitekuda-Kappaladi-Sri-Lanka/128737490469672

Dilsiri Welikala said...

aware but have to manage.

mischi is undoubtably the best teacher on the island.

love the location. close to point. chilled and private.