The KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series heads to Desaru Coast Johor for the 2nd round of the 2018/19 season

Kuala Lumpur, 20 July 2018

The new KTA international kiteboarding series will be making an impact across the region throughout the year

Malaysia’s most anticipated new tourist destination, Desaru Coast, is set to host the KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series from 14 to 16 December 2018. The announcement was made after the Samui Regatta prize-giving ceremony held in Centara Beach Resort, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand. Round 2 of the KTA series will be held in Desaru Coast, Johor, Malaysia with round three in Philippines and further rounds in Myanmar, Australia & Sri Lanka.

The all-new KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series was introduced by the KTA after the success of running the Youth Olympic Qualifier earlier this year, which brought the two regions together for the first time. The foil racing side of kiting has been growing since 2013, with many international events taking shape around the world. The first hydrofoil event of the KTA series joined forces with the Samui Regatta which maintains its prime position in the region, as the finals of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix championship. Kiteboarding is still the world fastest growing watersport and its inclusion into the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, is set to see this trend continue. Kiting is a unique sport in its own right, explosive and dynamic to participate in and a 3 dimensional treat to watch. The sport in its various formats, provides a thrilling experience on land, sea and snow and some of its popular disciplines include freestyle, wave, slalom, big air, and speed.

“Phillip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer – Integrated Themed Parks & Attractions (“ITPA”) of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd said, “We are excited that Desaru Coast is part of this increasingly popular international event. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase our new destination including our beautiful beachfront which offers favourable conditions for kite surfing, together with more of what Johor has to offer to the world. Malaysia itself is a hotpot of cultures, and it will be exciting for the participants to explore components of Johor as well as its surrounding treasures. Desaru Coast itself is a unique leisure offering with its world class waterpark, golf courses and hotels and resorts set alongside 17km of prime beachfront, and we look forward to hosting the contestants and kiteboard fans alike”.

Located in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia. Desaru Coast offers a premium blend of tourism offerings which will not only cater to high caliber kiteboarding competition, but also allow its athletes an endless opportunity for escape. The multi-phase development includes one of the world’s largest waterparks – the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, two golf courses under The Els Club umbrella, globally renowned hotels and resorts such as The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast and Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, a retail village and a conference centre. Far from the saturated property and investment environments, the location is perfectly situated in the southern gateway to Malaysia which can be easily accessible by land, ferry and air by both domestic and international travelers.

Along with a wide variety of water and beach sports, kiteboarding is common along the shores of Desaru, which will uniquely complement the KTA participants and its activities alike. The event sets Johor as an international prime location with Desaru Coast’s unique and integrated tourist destination. Furthermore, the North East monsoon season is one of the best time for advanced participants to test their skills, pushing them to their limits in challenging speed winds of 20 knots or more.

KTA Event Director Willy Kerr said;” KTA is very excited to be partnering with Desaru Coast to bring to Malaysia its first ever KTA international event since its founding in 2009. To open up a brand new location to the kitesurfing world and give the Asian riders another chance and platform to perform on the international stage, fits perfectly with the ethos of KTA. I have no doubt that Desaru coast event will be the highlight of the 2018 tour with many of the riders anticipating a top class event in a top class destination”.

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




For media enquiries, please contact:

Amanda Christi

Edelman Malaysia | Phone: 03-2287 8689, ext: 202 


Aisyah Mustapha

Edelman Malaysia | Phone: 03-2287 8689, ext: 210


Noraishah Mohammad Shamsudin

Media Relations, Desaru Coast | Phone: 03-7688 6618


About Desaru Coast

Desaru Coast is a premium integrated destination resort and one of Malaysia's most anticipated new tourism developments creating a unique blend of globally renowned hotels and resorts, a Conference Centre, a 27-hole and 18-hole golf course, a themed water park, and a retail village. It provides the perfect escape for the discerning leisure and business travelers alike. Located in the south-eastern region of the country, in the state of Johor, Desaru Coast spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17km unspoiled beachfront, that faces eastwards over the clear ocean waters. The destination is easily accessible via road, air and sea, and is expected to welcome a wave of new travelers to its shores, attracted by its array of fun activities, renowned hotel brands and the unique Desaru Coast lifestyle.

To find out more, please visit


About KTA

The KTA was formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of kiteboarders throughout Asia, and to bring professional level competition and training to the region. The KTA launched the first international tour of its kind in Asia in September 2009 and has run almost 50 successful international events in that time from local, regional and World Championships through to Youth Olympic Qualifiers.

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