From the start, it was obvious that Upeksha boards were in a class of their own. Kiters who experienced riding the
boards expressed their enthusiasm and joy towards the experience of riding them. The boards have already won many titles in local and international competitions in just a year since production. The titles of the biggest Woo jumps in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia also were done on Upeksha boards.
After months of qualifications, the YOG finally kicked off. Exciting times for the worlds top youth kiteboarders having the opportunity to take part in the first Olympic kiting event in history. Congratulations to all the riders.
Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires,
October 6-18, 2018
Gold: Deury Corniel (DOM) Upeksha, Gawa 166 x 42
Silver: Christian Tio (PHI) Upeksha, Gawa 166 x 42
Silver: Toni Vodisek (SLO) Upeksha, Gawa 166 x 42
Gold: Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) Upeksha, Gawa 163 x 37
Silver: Poema Newland (FRA) Upeksha, Gawa 166 x 42
Silver: Nina Font Castells (ESP) North Jamie Textreme
TT:R Open World Championships
& Pump-Kite Trophy,
July 25 - 29, 2018
Men’s Pump Kite Division: Ten out of the top ten male riders chose to ride Upeksha kiteboards, 1st, 2nd and 3rd podium placings.
Men's Open TT:R Worlds Division: Six out of the top ten male riders chose to ride Upeksha kiteboards; 2nd and 3rd podium placings.
Open Women’s TT:R Worlds Division: Five out of the top ten female riders chose to ride Upeksha kite boards; 1st and 2nd podium placings.
Women’s Pump Kite Division: One of the six female competitors chose to ride Upeksha kite boards; no podium placings.
Youth World Championships
& YOG World Qualifier
Boao, Hainan, China
MAY 3-5, 2018
Final places were secured for the 2018 YOG in Buenos Aires where the first kiteboarding
1. Nina Font Castells (ESP) North Jamie Textreme 139
2. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) Gawa 166x42
3. Kewen Li (CHN) Gawa 163x37
1. Christian Tio (PHI) Gawa 166 x 42
2. Haoran Zhang (CHN) Gawa 166 x 42
3. Sarun Rupchom (THA) Gawa 163 x 37
Oceanic Girls: Pia Gordon (NZL) gala 163 x 37
Asian and Oceanic YOG Qualification Event,
MARCH 12-18, 2018
Great conditions and a very tight race between the top three boys on the podium, each riding an Upeksha, Gawa. In the Asian girls fleet it was no doubt that Jingle Chen was the most consistent steady rider securing her 1st place easily. All the girls in the competition were on the Gawa.
1. Jingle Chen (CHN) Gawa 163 x 37
2. Kewen Li (CHN) Gawa 163 x 37
3. Nicharan Rodthong (THA) 163 x 37
Thai Kiteboarding Championships,
Paknampran, Pranburi, Thailand
March 10-11, 2018
The Thai championship ended up being a very international event. In the male twintip slalom racing the three top places went to Thai's: Sarun, Yo, and Bobby. In the female event Thailand's Nichanan came first followed by Chinese Kewen Li and Philippine Maebelle, all riding Upeksha Gawa Boards.
Congratulations to Sofia Tomasoni and Rut Gouws who both won their respective groups very convincingly, and to Terje Magnus Groenewoud securing third place in a very tough group. Thank you to the Airush team from South Africa and the Italian team for using our boards in the YOG qualifier.
Italian, Sofia Tomasoni, winning First Place for Girls in the European Qualifiers on the
Gawa 163 x 37.
South African, Rut Gouws winning First Place for Girls in the African Qualifiers on a Gawa 163 x 37.
South African, Terje Magnus Groenewoud, winning 3rd place on a Gawa 166 x 42 in the African Qualifiers.
European and African YOG Qualification Event, Morocco
February 20-25, 2018
February 23-25, 2018
Balok Wind Challenge, Malaysia
Well Done Thailand! From left to right: 3rd Place Bobby,
2nd Place Sarun Rapchom, 1st Place Narapichit Pudla.
Pingtan 2017 IKA
18 - 23 September, 2017
At the first twin-tip slalom racing worlds,
Sarun Rapchom received a 3rd place podium spot in the Boys division.
Weifang Twin-Tip Racing
8-13 September, 2017
In his first Open International race,
Sarun Rapchom nailed a First Place in
the Boys division.
7th Rayong Kiteboarding
5-6 August, 2017
Three Upeksha boards were raced in this competition. Their riders placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
Narapichit Pudla, 1st Place
Joseph Weston, 2nd Place
Sarun Rupchom, 3rd Place
TTR Downwind Slalom Racing
IKA 2018 Youth Olympic Games race format
1st Place TTR Men's Final
Moose IKA Asia Kiteboarding Championships
Paknampran, Thailand, March 2017
Thai Nationals Twin-Tip Course Racing
Paknampran, Pranburi, Thailand,
1st Place TTR Men's Open
1st Place TTR Thai Female
At the time of editing this page (December 2019), UPEKSHA boards have the highest all time jumps in Thailand and Sri Lanka.