Alex Caizergues

The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) has announced the ratification of a new World Record.

Alexandre Caizergues is now the fastest kiteboarder in the planet with an average speed of 50.98 knots in501 meters.

The French athlete got this overwhelming result at Luduritz, Namibia,during the 2009 LuderitzSpeed Challenge.

The World Record was broken in 19.03 seconds with a Fone Prototype 2009 and a Fone Bandit 3, 8sqm kite.

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Aaron Abel

Liquid Force, the world’s leading kite and wakeboard manufacturer, announced that the brand has added St. Petersburg, FL kiteboarder Aaron Abel to their team roster.

“It’s awesome to ride for Liquid Force,” said Abel. “LF has always been my favorite brand, and I’m super stoked to be riding the best gear head to toe moving forward!.”

The 18 year-old kiteboarder/wakeboarder is known for his aggressive riding style and is no stranger to success, recently taking 2nd Place in Pro Men’s at the USA Wakeboard Cable Nationals.

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IKA wants to simplify the kiteboarding disciplines in competition

The discipline system has been simplified for 2010, with the major disciplines being Freestyle, Course Racing, Wave Riding and Speed.

The two Freestyle Categories in 2009 have been a concession to the former two world tours, but it turned out that the stlyes are not that different apart from a few details. These details have been discusses in the IKA judging committee and as a result, there will be only one freestyle judging from 2010 on, and all events will be included in one unified world ranking.

Downwind Racing will disappear for the moment as a major discipline, as this kind of racing (including kitecross, boardercross, long distance, kiteslalom etc) has not developed far enough yet, but it will come up more and more as a second discipline event. World wide rules are to be developed in the near future to allow comparable competiton around the globe.

Other side-disciplines include Best Trick, Kiteloop, Speed Crossings, Kickers/Sliders etc.

Course Racing has developed to one of the most attracting formats in the meantime, with 19 events counting towards the 2009 world ranking by far the most popular discipline as far as numbers of competitors are converned.

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