Kite The Reef: 1237 kilometer to cure Motor Neurone Disease

A group of eight kiteboarders has broken the world record for the longest kitesurfing journey.

The adventure - named Kite The Reef - took place in the whole northern section of the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, Australia.

The riders sailed a total of 1237 kilometers (768 miles) between August 13th-21st. At the same time, the group raised $100,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Research Centre, at Macquarie University.

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Cynthia Brown: a strapless master | Photo: Ozone

Cynthia Brown has successfully landed the world's first ever documented strapless no grab front roll by a female kiteboarder.

"Cynbad" is one of the most experienced kiteboarders on planet earth. She's been riding kites since they had only two lines, no safety mechanisms, and no chicken loops.

In the last years, Cynthia Brown has been dedicating her time to freestyle, strapless kitesurfing. Apparently, it paid off. The Connecticut rider living in Los Barriles completed the strapless no grab front roll, and captured it on tape.

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Kiteboarding: going up or coming down? | Photo: VKWC

Confusion and uncertainty. That is what professional riders and fans must be feeling, as rain and unstable winds continue to haunt the kiteboarding world.

One day after granting the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) the right to crown world champions, the International Sailing Association (ISAF) announces that Special Event status is being awarded to the newly founded Pro Kite Tour (PKT), a Virgin-run world kitesurf series.

"The series will become ISAF's sixth Special Event, joining events such as the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Extreme Sailing Series as one of sailing's premier circuits," notes the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

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