Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: a 19-kilometer kiteboarding race | Photo: North/Red Bull

The 2016 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will run between December 3rd-4th, in Western Australia.

The iconic kiteboarding race will be open to 135 riders - up by 25 from 2015 - with at least 100 hours of experience. The organization also expects an increasing number of foil entries competing alongside twin tip and slalom kiteboards.

The Lighthouse to Leighton is a 19-kilometer kiteboarding marathon from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach (Fremantle). The seventh edition will deliver equal prize money for the top 3 male and female athletes. The fastest West Australian kiteboarder will conquer the Marc Sprod Trophy.

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Strapless kitesurfing: the freedom to race, jump, and ride waves whenever you want | Photo: Shutterstock

Strapless kitesurfing is becoming a very popular discipline within the kiteboarding world. Learn how to start riding a strapless surfboard.

Riding waves with a kite and without straps involves a surfboard. It can be a classic surfboard used in surfing, but today kite brands have designed their own kitesurfing models with subtle changes in their core and main features.

Traditionally, a strapless kitesurfer is someone who wants to blend speed, airs, and wave riding. He or she seeks the freedom to accelerate in flat water and then transition into a big air or surf break scenario.

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Kiteboarding: lifejackets won't be mandatory when riding close to the shore | Photo: Hayto/IKA

The New South Wales authorities have rolled back the lifejacket regulation that was going to force kiteboarders to wear personal flotation devices in open waters.

The changes made in the Maritime Safety Regulations ignited an intense and quick response from the kiteboarding community. The kite enthusiasts noted that lifejackets (Level 50S or greater) would difficult duck dives and increase the risk of line entanglement.

"The speed at which Transport for NSW was willing to revert to the previous position, requiring a kiteboarder is only required to wear a suitable lifejacket when 400 meters or more offshore, ensures the safety of kiteboarders and other water users," explains Alexandra Lockie, general manager of Kiteboarding Australia.

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