Taiwan KOTA Qualifier

Lewis Crathern qualifies for KOTA finals in South Africa

After an unseasonal Typhoon dented the wind at the weekend, the wind returned on Monday with a vengeance to bring about a superb finish to the inaugural KOTA Taiwan qualifier.

Two of LiP Sunglasses team riders found themselves battling it out in the final – Lewis Crathern (UK) and ‘Yo’ Narapichit Pudla (Thailand) – together with Christian Tio from the Philippines. With winds ranging from 26-35, the local crowd were treated to some classic big air manoeuvres and a strongly contested final.

We hope that this KOTA qualifier has helped to put Taiwan on the map for kiteboarding and future events of this kind.

Congratulations to Lewis for achieving his wild card to South Africa. And big thanks to all the crew at KTA, Tony at SPOT and Libby at Super Duper for their huge efforts to pull this event off at short notice.


Lewis Crathern, Graham Saunders from LiP & Neil Godbold from the KTA watching on


Christian Tio from the Philippines prepares to do battle


LiP Sunglasses – event sponsors


Lewis sends it in the semi-final


Yo watches on as Lewis sets the bar high in the semis
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