Liam Whaley: he conquered the Mondial du Vent 2017

Liam Whaley and Bruna Kajiya have taken out the Mondial du Vent 2017, in Leucate, France.

Now that the World Kiteboarding League (WKL) is firmly established as the official freestyle and big air world tour, all the attention is focused on the riders and their outstanding performances.

The 2017 WKL season has a full-on calendar with no less than 12 stops in some of the best and most windy kiteboarding spots in the world. That's more than the World Surf League (WSL).

Kiteboarding: IKA's kitefoil is recognized by World Sailing | Photo: IKA

The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding has relocated to Switzerland.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) revealed that following discussions at the latest annual general meeting, the organization is no longer incorporated under the German law.

"Switzerland is offering excellent conditions, and that is one of the reasons why most international associations and federations are located in the country," noted IKA.

Nick Jacobsen: the Danish kiteboarder jumped off Burj al-Arab's helipad at

Nick Jacobsen has kite jumped off the Burj al-Arab, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Danish kiteboarder leaped off the third tallest hotel in the world using his kite has a parachute and hang glider.

This is probably the most dangerous stunt ever attempted in kiteboarding. The Burj al-Arab is 1,053 feet high (321 meters), and Jacobsen jumped from the helicopter pad at 689 feet (210 meters).