Scores of kitesurfing contestants skim over Penghu waves in high winds

11/14/2020 05:20 PM
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Competitors practice on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Penghu Sailing Association
Competitors practice on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Penghu Sailing Association

Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Some 60 competitors took to the sea and sky in Penghu on Saturday, riding winds of up to 40 knots (74.1 kilometers per hour) on the first day of an annual kitesurfing competition, according to the organizers.

The 2020 Penghu Kitesurfing Invitational Regatta, held at Baikeng beach on the northeast side of Penghu Island in the Taiwan Strait, was officially opened by Penghu County Magistrate Lai Feng-wei (賴峰偉) and heads of local and national sailing sports bodies.

The Penghu Sailing Association, which has organized the event for the third year, said the competitors faced winds of 35-40 knots (64.8-74.1 kph) on the opening day, stronger than the average 20-25 knots during previous competitions.

In his speech, Lai said the seasonal northeasterly winds make Penghu an ideal location for kitesurfing.

On the first day of the competition. Photo courtesy of the Penghu Sailing Association
On the first day of the competition. Photo courtesy of the Penghu Sailing Association

With 60 kitesurfers riding the winds and waves on the first day, the competition is due to run for one more day, according to the organizers.

The kitesurfing competition will be followed by an annual windsurfing contest Nov. 20-22 in Penghu, at which three-time Olympian Chang Hao (張浩) is expected to compete, the organizers said.

(By Kay Liu)

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