Lanka’s first nationals
ANISHKA DINEL BLENDED OLD- AND new-school moves to triumph at Sri Lanka’s first National Championships, hosted by the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA). More t han 60 riders from 13 countries signed up for the event which was also the Asian Freestyle X Championships, with Freestyle X Open and Hangtime contests. Dinel opened his account with a deadman front roll in the finals, only to be countered by a big board off-switch, F16 and back-roll handlepass from Samara Priyanka. The Sri Lankan held his nerve and finished with some wake-st yle t r ick s, while Priya nka pushed perhaps a little too hard and failed to land his final rush of moves, giving the victory to Dinel. In the Asian Championships, Thailand’s Yo Narapitchit Pudla battled it out and pulled away from his fellow rival Prawit Buachatturat with a X5 front loop. Buachatturat came second, with Philippine’s Mark Magliqiuan in third.