Aaron Hadlow: back to victories at St. Peter-Ording

Aaron Hadlow won the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup 2014, at St. Peter-Ording, in Germany. It's his first podium spot since 2009.

Former world freestyle kiteboarding champion Aaron Hadlow has, once again, celebrated victory in a PKRA stage. The British rider pulled his biggest and best tricks in optimal flat water and waist-high kickers to steal the event.

"Finally done it. I couldn't get my hopes up yesterday; I just knew I was in a good position and luckily I was able to make it," explains Hadlow.


Richard Branson: will he compete in the PKRA World Tour? | Photo: Richard Branson at Google+

Richard Branson is preparing to buy the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA).

The Virgin mogul, a passionate and avid kiteboarder, has bought the rights of the PKRA World Tour, in an unusual joint-venture agreement with the Spanish entrepreneur behind Zed. Best Kiteboarding has denied any involvement in the deal.

According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the deal is sealed, and a new umbrella company will start controlling the PKRA World Tour at the end of August, when the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 runs in Spain.


Western Australia: life jackets are mandatory for kiteboarders and windsurfers

Western Australian kiteboarders will have to use life jackets when riding in unprotected waters more than 400 meters from the coastline.

The Department of Transport has released new guidelines for kiteboarding enjoying the pleasures of wind in the region. There are mandatory and recommended rules.

All kiteboarders and windsurfers will have to use personal flotation devices (PFD) if sailing more than 400 meters offshore in unprotected waters. This lifejacket can be a level 50S or higher.