Kiteboarding: a war that leaves kites on the beach | Photo: IKA

The kiteboarding war between the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) continues, as the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) grants the newly-created Professional Kiteboarding Tour (PKT) a Special Event status. Confused?

ISAF is not helping the sport of kiteboarding. The confusing new format designed by the world governing body for the sport of sailing determines that IKA may crown single-event champions in the following disciplines and classes:

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Kiteboarding: IKA will crown world champions | Photo: Bromwich/PKRA

In an exclusive interview with, the president of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) explains what went wrong with the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC), and how things will play for the sport from 2016 on.

Mirco Babini reveals that the riders and judges competing in the VKWC were not being paid, and explains why should governing bodies for sports crown world champions.

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Nick Jacobsen: jumping off Richard Branson's house in Moskito Island | Photo: Owen Buggy

Nick Jacobsen has jumped off Richard Branson's family property on Mosquito Island, in the British Virgin Islands.

In June 2015, the Danish stunt kiteboarder successfully bounced off the top of Necker Island's Great House, located 131 feet above sea level. In the end, Branson invited him to do the same in his other Caribbean home.

Jacobsen tried to do it 24 hours after the Necker Island stunt, but the conditions were far from perfect, and he had to climb down. But Nick didn't quit.

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