Défi Kite 2016: the event had 50 knots of wind | Photo: Jauffroy/Défi Kite

Axel Mazzela has driven his foil to victory at the Défi Kite 2016, held in Gruissan, France.

The Tramontane showed its teeth. With winds blowing between 35 and 45 knots, staying up and riding was the ultimate challenge. The 4th edition of the Défi Kite had 292 participants, and small wings were the only reasonable choice.

Local kiteboarders proved it is always an advantage to know the playing field. In the third race, Geoffrey Mascarell managed to beat the 55-knot gusts and crossed the finish line in first place.

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Jeremie Tronet: he identified the most commons mistakes all kiteboarders should avoid | Photo: JT Pro Center

Kiteboarding is a relatively new sport and, because it uses the power of wind, it is essential to learn how to ride safely.

Jeremie Tronet, professional kiteboarder and founder of the JT Pro Center in the Grenadines, shared an important video featuring the most common mistakes in kiteboarding.

Learn to avoid them, and enjoy your time in the water. These mistakes are not only made by beginners; intermediate and even advanced riders do it all the time.

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Anne Valvatne and Maximilian Götz: who's faster? | Photo: Brand Guides

Who's faster: a professional kiteboarder or a DTM driver riding a bike? Anne Valvatne and Maximilian Götz accepted the challenge and raced for glory in Sylt, Germany.

Valvatne felt ready; Götz believed his physical skills would prevail. In an unusual clash, both contestants had to race the 3.5-kilometer (2.1 miles) roundabout course using their very own muscle strength.

Anne, 34, had her kite; Maximilian, 30, had an high-tech road racing bike he used in his training sessions. In the end, the westerly to southerly winds helped Valvatne finish slightly ahead of the Bavarian DTM pilot.

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