The Classic Holidays NKL has come to a close on the Gold Coast yesterday following four days of kiteboarding action at Main Beach.

NKL competitors represented Queensland in Round 1 of the seven round series, with the top Wave and Freestyle riders for the state now heading for the Grand Final in February 2016.

NKL Gold Coast

The Goldie turned on and the first event of the new series fired in the waves and freestyle categories. Good signs for the rest of the season. Matt Tobin Pic – Glen Bowden

At the close of competition, the Queensland riders topping the state rankings were:

Men’s 1st: Jamie Symons
Men’s 2nd: Taj Prasad
Men’s 3rd: Matt Green

Women’s 1st: Michel Blinkhorn
Women’s 2nd: Lynn Thomassen
Women’s 3rd: Talisa Kath

NKL Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

Pic – Glen Bowden

Men’s 1st: Jamie McCully
Men’s 2nd: Kye Evans
Men’s 3rd: Jon Blanch

Women’s 1st: Sammy Pearce
Women’s 2nd: Alison Child
Women’s 3rd: Liesl Walker

The Queensland Cabrinha FX Big Air Wave champ was Matt Green and the Big Air Freestyle winner was Josh Stephens.


NKL Gold Coast

The Cabrinha FX Big Air added another element to the event and as always was a crowd favorite! Ryan Parsons Pic – Glen Bowden.

President of Kiteboarding Queensland & Northern Territory Inc. (KBQNT) and NKL Event Director, David De Witt, said Round 1 of the NKL series has set the bar high for the rest of the national series.

“It’s been an exciting four days kicking off the first ever NKL series, and we have to congratulate the Round 1 winners and all the competitors for making it a great contest,” he said.

“We have seen so much talent here on the Gold Coast and we look forward to seeing what New Zealand has to offer us next.”

NKL Round 1, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast is Australia’s surfing mecca so it’s only fitting that the NKL featured waves alongside the freestyle. Pic – Glen Bowden.

The NKL now sets is sights across the Tasman for Round 2, with New Zealand’s top riders heading for their event in Christchurch from 19 – 22 November.

The Classic Holidays NKL is proudly presented by Classic Holidays and Kiteboarding Australia, and supported by Ozone, Cabrinha, Mystic, Axis, North, BWSurf, F-One and official timing partner, Bausele.

For more details on Classic Holidays NKL locations and dates, visit www.nklseries.com


Manny Blanch



Kye Evans scoring runner up – Pic Glen Bowden



Josh Stephens – Pic Glen Bowden