Water Kings 2016: a kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding marathon | Photo: Water Kings

Team Core Kiteboarding claimed the inaugural edition of the Water Kings, in Meia Praia Beach, Portugal.

The event organized by Guinness World Record holder Francisco Lufinha challenged 17 teams to compete in a multidiscipline water sports contest.

Sixty-two athletes battled for glory in a 12-hour kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding marathon. In the end, Miguel Graça, Jorge Guimarães, Maro Silva, and Pedro Moura raised the trophy.

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Kiteboarding: lifejackets are compulsory in NSW | Photo: Hayto/IKA

The New South Wales kiteboarding community is surprised to hear that all riders will be forced to wear lifejackets (Level 50S or greater).

The Maritime Safety Regulations 2016 made several changes to the obligations of kiteboarders. As a result, and since July 1st, all kite enthusiasts must wear personal flotation devices while sailing in open waters.

Kiteboarding Australia, the sport's national governing body, says that the new regulation puts kitesurfers in danger for three main reasons.

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KiteFoil GoldCup Italy 2016: plenty of speed at Gizzeria | Photo: Baranescu/IKA

Axel Mazella is the grand winner of the KiteFoil GoldCup Italy 2016, held in Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria.

The French kiteboarder, 18, snatched victory in an intense final day of competition. The event enjoyed winds in the 8-to-16 knots and attracted up to 62 kite foilers from 26 nations.

After taking an early lead, Mazella let his opponents gain ground. Maxime Nocher and Olly Bridge nearly stole the lead, but the young Frenchman ended up securing the narrowest margin - only one point.

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