Windsurfing and paddleboarding competition coming up in Pattaya

Paddleboarding competition, photo by SUP Pattaya Championship 2023.

An exciting windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) competition is coming up in Pattaya from March 16 to March 26, in a bid to promote tourism and boost the economy. The competition will take place in Jomtien near the Beach Sports Service Center.

The event is divided into two categories, with windsurfing taking place from March 16 to 19, and SUP from March 25 to 26, spanning a total of six days. More than 300 athletes from across the country are expected to participate in the event.

In preparation for the competition, a council meeting was held on Tuesday, chaired by Pattaya Deputy Mayor Krishna Boonsawat. Several event organisers, police, and representatives from city departments attended the meeting. They discussed safety measures for the athletes, and convenience for those involved, The Pattaya News reported.

Deputy Mayor Krishna stressed that the contest aims not only to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide an opportunity for competitors to become future national athletes but also to promote Pattaya as a sports city and boost tourism.

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The event’s Facebook page can be found HERE.

Several of Thailand’s coastal spots have become hubs for water sports in the past few years.

Last month, Hua Hin held its annual surf festival at Khao Takiab beach. The festival celebrated surf culture, providing fun and entertainment with a range of competitions, food, live music, and activities.

In September last year, Phuket held the ‘Kalim Reef Surfers Surfing 2022’ competition will be held at Kalim Beach in Patong. The competition was organised by the Patong Municipality and the Phuket Surfing Association. Another surf festival was held on Phuket’s Kata Beach the month before, named the Phuket Beach Festival.

In August last year, Thai tourism officials announced a project to boost sports tourism in Phuket, with cooperation between the government and private sectors. The project was called the ‘Air, Sea, Land, Southern Sports Tourism Festival.

Water sports in Thailand promote both athleticism and tourism in the country.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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