Tio rules International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Season 6 kiteboarding

December 05, 2018
Christian Tio
The top five finishers, led by Christian Tio.

BULALACAO, 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 jus tthe 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.