To introduce kitesurfing to all active, fun & adventure-seeking youth in Singapore by offering a structured youth development programme that will equip them with the social, emotional and physical skills required to kitesurf on a recreational and competitive level.
DOWN THE ROAD – PARIS OLYMPICS 2024
Kiteboarding in the form of kitefoiling will be making its debut at the Paris Olympics 2024. It will be one of the ten sailing events on the programme and will take the form of a mixed men/women ‘relay’ format. As our number of youth kiters are low and we lack women kiters at this stage, the youth development team has been working hard to target and engage the youth to take up the sport in order to have a larger base for the Olympics selection.
The number of youth kitersurfers in Singapore are low and their age ranges from 10 to 19 years old. The majority are independent, recreational kiters with a few at competitive level.
Max started kiting at the age of 6 and entered his first race three years later. He switched to Kitefoiling when he was around 10 years old. At only 13, Max is already a two-time champion of the Formula Kite and Twintip Racing Asian Championships and the KTA Asia-Pacific Hydrofoil Series.
He qualified for the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar after finishing 6th and as the highest-ranked Asian in the Open category at the Formula Kite Asian Championship in May 2019 in Beihai, China.
He was Singapore’s sole representative at the World Beach Games. With only two years of experience in nearly 20 kitefoiling competitions, Max is not intimidated by older competitors. He uses his age to his advantage as he tells himself that he still has lots of potential as other riders have at least six to seven years of experience.
He learns from every race and is very self-motivated.
“If you want to achieve something, stick to it and don’t expect others to push you” said Max.