Raalhugudi is getting ready to hold the biggest ever kiteboarding competition in the Maldives. Pro Kiteboarder Youri Zoon, the two-time World Champion, will be joining this event at Maafushi Island held from 5th February to 10th February.
Raalhugudi Kiteboarding Competition 2022 is endorsed by several government authorities, that includes the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations (Visit Maldives), and Maafushi Council. Sponsors, accommodation partners, and media partners and endorsements include Guest House Association Maldives, State Trading Organization PLC, Kaani Hotels, Triton Beach, Road Development Corporation, Red Bull, Maafushi Dive, Slow Tape, Mihaaru, Oceanholic, Edition, DhoMv, Sea Gear, and Eye Care.
The prize money for the winners of the competition goes up to 15,000 MVR. 1st place to receive a whopping 15,000 Mvr, Runner up to receive 10,000 Mvr, and the place wins 5,000 Mvr.
Kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing, is a water sport that blends elements and characteristics of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding, paragliding, and skateboarding. Harnessed to a large hand-controlled kite and powered by the wind, the kiteboarder uses a board to ride and glide across the water. Kiteboarders are only able to fly their kites through an imaginary wind window.
Raalhugudi was first introduced in 2016 when the two-time World Champion Youri Zoon held his kite camp, Raalhu Gudi Kite Fest in Maafushi Island. Raalhgudi aims to promote kiteboarding to Maldivians, youths as well as athletes and create local talent to represent Maldives on an international level.
Hurry up and go register for the biggest kiteboarding competition! Send a dm at @raalhugudi on Instagram if you wish to take part.