Kite racing is a growing sport in the Cayman Islands thanks to the brilliance of Jhon Mora, a Colombian now settled here, who is a world ranked competitor.
Mora left for Hainan Island, China, on Tuesday for the World of Kite Racing championships representing the Cayman Islands.
Placed 18th in the latest world rankings after only three events, he is pleasantly surprised considering in the past he has needed five events to score enough points to have a high ranking.
The best 120 kite racers in the world qualify for this event, which runs from Nov. 19-24.
Walter Fajette went with Mora, 31, as his coach and back up crew.
“Walter owns Agua Restaurant and has helped me tremendously,” Mora said. “He was the one who brought me over to Cayman, and with Neil Galway they are my business partners at KitesurfCayman. They have a big passion for this sport and give me lot of support.
“They have sponsored me a lot and I really want to thank my other sponsors, Waterman, Evolving Island, Morgan’s Harbor and Cayman Islands Sailing Club who supported me with funds to make thus trip possible.
“Without all my sponsors I couldn’t do this event. They believe in my talent and in this opportunity to show that Cayman Islands has world class kiters and also the kite industry in Cayman will be recognized for kiteboarding.
“We are sure that this will increase the tourism for those looking for destinations around the Caribbean.”
Mora’s goal is a top 10 finish and possibly a top five. In the last two months he has been training daily with the world No.1, Ricardo Leccese from Italy.
“We were training in Lake Calima in Colombia,” Mora said. “This is my home town, The training helped me reach my top fitness level and I’m expecting great results for the Cayman Islands.”