Ride Engine: new harnesses and spreader bars | Photo: Ride Engine

Ride Engine has announced the launch of two kiteboarding harness, as well as two additional spreader bars.

The Californian company founded by Coleman Buckley in 2010 believes it has developed the "the industry's first form-fitting hardshell kiteboarding harness." After releasing Hex Core, Ride Engine is ready for new ventures.

"The Team Series harness features a blend of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar construction, making this a strong, light and rigid harness ideal for hard-charging riders like Patrick Rebstock, who is front lining the series this year with his signature model," the kite brands notes.

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Kiteboarding: a war that leaves kites on the beach | Photo: IKA

The kiteboarding war between the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) continues, as the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) grants the newly-created Professional Kiteboarding Tour (PKT) a Special Event status. Confused?

ISAF is not helping the sport of kiteboarding. The confusing new format designed by the world governing body for the sport of sailing determines that IKA may crown single-event champions in the following disciplines and classes:

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Kiteboarding: IKA will crown world champions | Photo: Bromwich/PKRA

In an exclusive interview with SurferToday.com, the president of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) explains what went wrong with the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC), and how things will play for the sport from 2016 on.

Mirco Babini reveals that the riders and judges competing in the VKWC were not being paid, and explains why should governing bodies for sports crown world champions.

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