We have so many happy occasions as part of the KTA, but it is with a heavy heart that I pass onto you all the very sad news that Dennis Wong passed away last night.
At the KTA China last month he had mentioned to fellow riders that he had had stomach discomfort and a general malaise for months. They urged him to seek the advice of a doctor and unfortunately the terminal stage of liver cancer was confirmed.
Dennis accepted the truth very soon and has been brave and calm in facing the final stage of his life although regrettably his condition deteriorated quickly.
Via Jay Chau, Dennis wished to share with you all this final message: “Kiteboarding is the most fun sport experienced in my life. I hope all my (kiteboarding) friends can extend my passion for the sport forever. I wish everyone happiness.”
For those of us who knew and competed with Dennis, his absence from the kiteboard scene will be felt and in particular in the KTA as Dennis has been with us from day one competing in all competitions since we began back in 2009. Although one of our older racers, Dennis has always been there in the thick of it often beating riders half his age to make several podium appearances over the years. TT racing was Dennis’s passion and he was one of the key riders who has urged and helped push forward this class towards full ISAF recognition as part of the working group that has been developed the class structure and rules. We anticipate that the TT class will become an official class from November this year and thank Dennis for his part in making this happen.
Rest in Peace Dennis Wong