Johnny Heineken: sailing after the Swiss chocolate

Johnny Heineken celebrated victory in Silvaplana, Switzerland, during the second stop of the KiteFoil GoldCup.

Kiteboarders from 15 nations traveled to Engadin, in the Swiss Alps, a mecca for skiers in winter, to compete at 1,800 meters above sea level in the latest sailing sensation: kite foilboarding.

The crystal-clear blue lake tested the long high tech fins, which require incredible skill to control - you're literally flying on a knife edge, at warp speed, and with almost no drag resistance.


Aaron Hadlow: back to victories at St. Peter-Ording

Aaron Hadlow won the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup 2014, at St. Peter-Ording, in Germany. It's his first podium spot since 2009.

Former world freestyle kiteboarding champion Aaron Hadlow has, once again, celebrated victory in a PKRA stage. The British rider pulled his biggest and best tricks in optimal flat water and waist-high kickers to steal the event.

"Finally done it. I couldn't get my hopes up yesterday; I just knew I was in a good position and luckily I was able to make it," explains Hadlow.


Richard Branson: will he compete in the PKRA World Tour? | Photo: Richard Branson at Google+

Richard Branson is preparing to buy the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA).

The Virgin mogul, a passionate and avid kiteboarder, has bought the rights of the PKRA World Tour, in an unusual joint-venture agreement with the Spanish entrepreneur behind Zed. Best Kiteboarding has denied any involvement in the deal.

According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the deal is sealed, and a new umbrella company will start controlling the PKRA World Tour at the end of August, when the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 runs in Spain.