Bulalacao, Oriental, Mindoro – Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Christian Tio made his presence felt by bagging two titles in the first leg of the ICTSI-Philippine Kiteboarding Tour Season 6 here last Dec. 1-3.
Tio, who rose to prominence by winning the men’s kiteboarding silver medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina last October, swept Remel Rentillo and MJ Cahilig in the final of the men’s Twin Tip course racing.
The 17-year-old Filipino-Norwergian from Boracay, who learned the sport from his parents — both professional kiteboarders — also won over kiteboarding legend Ken Nacor and Cahilig in freestyle.
(Nacor was the same kiteboarding champion who taught Tio when he was only sevenyears old).
Tio also finished fourth in the men’s hangtime category.
“It’s just the start of the season. It’s a long way to go. I still need to prepare myself in the coming legs next year (2019),” said Tio, a cinch to win a major award in next year’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Awards.
Sharing the limelight in the three-day competition was Kathrin Borgwardt of Germany, who matched Tio’s success by topping both the Twin Tip Course Racing and Hangtime.
Kara Leongson finished second, while Jing Gajisan wound up third in Twin Tip Course Racing.
In Hangtime. Ali Dudfield finished second behind Borgwardt.
Franziska Limmer came in third.
Other winners were Atte Kappel, who won the Master Division Twin Tip Course Racing and Men’s Hangtime; Ali Dudfield, who clinched first place in the Ladies Freestyle against Borgwardt and Limmer; Joyce Manahan, who ruled the Ladies Novice division over Bing Laroque and Karla Romera and Joanna Oswell; and Rex Pedronan, who took top spot in the Men’s Novice division over Cocoy Llorca, John Politi, John Louie Non and Kenji Kawauchi.
The prestigious event is organized by the Philippine Kiteboarding Association (PKA), headed by President Jay Ortiz and sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
Also in the schedule are:
Second leg, El Nido, Palawan, Jan. 11-13.
Third leg, Lakawon Island, Fe.15-17.
Fourth leg, Boracay Island, March 1-3.
Also supporting the event are Cabrinha, My Life On Board, Arkimagine Multimedia Studios and PTV Sports.