Continuing in the expectation of great things to come, the Grand Opening Ceremony here in Hainan Island, China, kicked off this special PKRA tour stop with much fanfare and attention. The ceremony included many distinguished guests from the government and community, as well as all the riders and PKRA organization. Opening with dancing, drums, and music, the afternoon was marked by a welcoming ambience and anticipatory feel.
Fans gathered around in much delight as the biggest names in kiteboarding threw down their best maneauvers, while many competitors seemed to enjoy the foreign feel of yet another exotic PKRA tour stop. All in all, the day was a great precursor to the action that is just around the corner. The anticipation and competitive spirit only grows with every hour that passes.
In terms of the all important weather, clouds stuck around just long enough to make an obvious departure around noon, a signal which seemed to cue the riders onto the water for some much-needed training and warm-up sessions.
Later in the day, the opening ceremony attendees watched on as the riders went out on their larger kites, putting on a light wind spectacle for all to see. Even the racers got out for some practice runs before returning back to the hotels, hot tubs, and restaurants within the city.
For tomorrow, wind is expected to be fairly light at 10-14 knots. The race director will make the call as to whether conditions are contestable for the first day of competition, either for race, freestyle, or both disciplines.