Rod Rodwald: faster than everyone else at Kieler Woche | Photo: Kieler Woche

Roy Rodwald has conquered the Audi and SAP Speed Challenge at the Kieler Woche 2015, the ultimate sailing event held in Kiel, Germany.

In the Audi Speed Challenge, foiling catamarans, moth boats, 49ers, and other watercraft race on a 500-meter straight course, in which speed determines the overall winner.

Roy Rodwald, the father of multiple kiteboarding champion Mario Rodwald, stormed the competition with a total time of 39 seconds, leaving the Extreme 40 and the Nacra 20 in the remaining podium places.

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Nick Jacobsen: he loves unusual kite jumps

Nick Jacobsen has jumped from racing yacht Azzam's 30-meter (98 feet) mast. The sailing team had just conquered the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew made the invitation. The Danish stuntman accepted the challenge and climbed up the sailboat's mast.

"I like jumping off stuff with my kite. I had never been on top of a mast like that. I don't know how it reacts out there compared to the wind," Nick Jacobsen told before reaching the top of Azzam.

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Dual-Aircraft Platform: inspired by kitesurfing kites | Photo: ERAU

Scientists from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are developing an innovative aircraft that will be able to deliver wireless Internet access to dead zones.

Inspired by the sport of kiteboarding, the team led by William Engblom received $100,000 from NASA to improve the Dual-Aircraft Platform (DAP), essentially two gliders connected by an ultra-strong thin cable.

"The DAP is likened to a kitesurf setup, with one aircraft acting as the sail, and the other as the board. The DAPs could stay stationary in the stratosphere for years, running off power from the sun and the wind," explains Engblom, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at (ERAU).

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