Sean Murphy: kite jumping over Tramore Beach

Sean Murphy has successfully kite jumped from the Tramore Beach to the Back Strand, in Ireland.

The kitesurfer from Waterford had been eyeing this dangerous stunt for quite a while. Despite the high winds and flash floods that hit this Irish southwest region, Murphy decided it was time to do it.

Surrounded by friends and kiteboarding enthusiasts, the intrepid rider accelerated, reached shallow waters and jumped over the dune and into the tidal lagoon known as the Back Strand.

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Kiteboarding: the best is yet to come | Photo: Ungaro/VKWC

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that the upcoming Fuerteventura Kitesurfing World Championships will go ahead under the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) insignia.

The ISAF, the VKWC and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have met in London to discuss the future of professional kiteboarding and the official world tour.

"The positive and productive discussions between the parties included the exciting investment being made by Virgin in this growing area of the sport, and all bodies are working together to conclude a long-term agreement to govern the future management and operations of the Championship," ISAF tells in a statement.

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Fuerteventura: kiteboarding is under pressure | Photo: VKWC

René Egli, the organizer behind the Fuerteventura World Cup, is a man under pressure. Who will he respond to when the event kicks off in the Canary Islands?

The cancelation of the contract between the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) meant that only IKA can crown Freestyle world champions.

Nevertheless, and according to the organization led by Richard Branson, the Fuerteventura World Cup will go ahead, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), as a one-off event.

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