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

In an exclusive interview with, 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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Nick Jacobsen: jumping off Richard Branson's house in Moskito Island | Photo: Owen Buggy

Nick Jacobsen has jumped off Richard Branson's family property on Mosquito Island, in the British Virgin Islands.

In June 2015, the Danish stunt kiteboarder successfully bounced off the top of Necker Island's Great House, located 131 feet above sea level. In the end, Branson invited him to do the same in his other Caribbean home.

Jacobsen tried to do it 24 hours after the Necker Island stunt, but the conditions were far from perfect, and he had to climb down. But Nick didn't quit.

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Kiteboarding: IKA will crown all champions | Photo: Travis Hayto/IKA

The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKA) is taking over professional kitesurfing.

The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding has announced that, in 2016, it will crown world champions across all disciplines: Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom.

IKA released an official statement promising events all around the globe. The organization led by Mirco Babini also confirmed the end of a contract with PKRA/VKWC, the brand and world tour founded by Richard Branson (Virgin) and Javier Perez Dolset (Zed Group).

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