Young water sport champ Christian Tio reached for the skies and the top spot, finishing third in the U19 (under 19) men’s category, at the 2016 Kiteboarding Youth Cup held from June 27 to July 3 at Camping La Ballena Alegre in the coastal region of Costa Brava, Spain.
The first four days saw the Boracay native weathering unfavorable wind conditions and rendered him initially unable to complete a full run on testy waters. In time, the tides turned and Tio pulled through with an impressive combination of his signature moves. Tio has competed and ranked second in the world twice before,specifically the consecutive riding seasons of 2014 and 2015 at what was then dubbed the Junior Virgin Kitesurfing World Championships, also held in Costa Brava.
Organizers of the Kiteboarding Youth Cup (KYC) recognizing 15-year-old Tio’s above average skill level, and moved him up from the U17 (under 17) category to the U19. Despite the age discrepancy, the young athlete was still the No. 1 seed among fellow competitors—further proof of his exceptional, world-class talent
Tio’s KYC appearance is his first junior world championships since the loss of his father and coach, Chris Mohn in February 2016. Since then, a team of experts have taken turns upgrading various facets of the firs Philippine Red Bull athlete’s skills.
Tio is already looking forward to making his mark at the Pro World Kite Tour and and competing with big-name adult kiteboarders. With his recent success, though, the young talent deserves to go home to his beloved Bulabog Beach for a much-deserved break with his mother Liezl Tio, also a professional kiteboarder, and friends.