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Asian Freestyle X Championship – Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya

 

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Words: Kitesurfing Lanka (www.kitesurfinglanka.com) / Photos: Alexandru Baranescu

The first KTA Sri Lanka wrapped up over the weekend and it went off! The official Asian Freestyle X Championship took place in Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya for the first time this year but will be back again. We saw some fantastic riding from both the locals and the international riders who made the trip, with some tightly fought battles all the way to the finals.

 

Sri Lanka Freestyle X

 

The week started with the National championships, which gave the Sri Lankan local the chance to get out and show how much the level of their riding has improved in recent years. There were some great performances and close heats, with the level higher than ever. Mega loops, blind 313s and board offs now became standard tricks, which even a few years ago would have been unheard of here. In the end Anishka Dinel narrowly edged out Samara Priyankara to take the win.

 

Sri Lanka Nationals

Asian-X-Sri-Lanka

 

1: Anishka Dinel

2: Samara Priyankara

3: Amjath Nasar

 

Internationals and hang time came next and with a lot of the staff getting involved it was a great event to support. Everyone gave it their all and the judges had their hands full making sure they were fair and on top of everything. The final winners could have been predicted from the start though, and with completely dominant performances Yo and Aya came out ahead.

 

International Men

KTA-Asian-X-Kalpitiya

 

1: Yo Pudla

2: Prawit Buachatturat

3: Phu Phoang Lai

 

International Women

Sri Lanka Freestyle X

 

1: Aya Oshima

2: Fon Jantawan

3: Elif Taluy

 

Hangtime

 

MEN: Phu Phoang Lai

WOMEN: Cathy Padgett

 

Last but not least was the Asian championship, with Yo and Aya coming in as hot favourites the rest of the field had to really work hard. They both came out swinging, and apart from a wobble in the quarters where Yo had to battle Anishka Dinel, everything went smoothly and they ended up on top. Well deserved asian champs!

 

Asian championships

Asian-X-Sri-Lanka

 

MEN

1: Yo Pudla

2: Prawit Buachatturat

3: Mark Magliqiuan

 

Asian-X-Sri-Lanka

 

WOMEN

1: Aya Oshima

2: Tatsanee Phisin

3: Elif Taluy

 

The prize giving and final party was hosted by Kitesurfing Lanka on the beach in front of the camp! An epic end to a memorable week.

We’re already looking forward to next year when the competition will be even bigger and better! Thanks to everyone who came down to Kalipitiya to support, ride and also to party on the final night at Kitesuring Lanka! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and see you next year!

 

A massive shout out to the KTA team, the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry and all other sponsors for making this event possible, and of course to all the riders that rocked it on the water!

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