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.


Western Australia: life jackets are mandatory for kiteboarders and windsurfers

Western Australian kiteboarders will have to use life jackets when riding in unprotected waters more than 400 meters from the coastline.

The Department of Transport has released new guidelines for kiteboarding enjoying the pleasures of wind in the region. There are mandatory and recommended rules.

All kiteboarders and windsurfers will have to use personal flotation devices (PFD) if sailing more than 400 meters offshore in unprotected waters. This lifejacket can be a level 50S or higher.


Naish Kiteboarding: the 2015 surprises are out there

The company based in Maui, Hawaii, built its first kite in 1998. Since then, original windsurfer Robby Naish has been working to develop innovative kiteboarding gear.

The 2015 line by Naish says, "it's time to break the mold." So stir your senses and explore the new products made available by the legendary water sports insignia.

"The 2015 Fusion Control Systems have been redesigned with state-of-the-art technologies, working in unison to provide a function-rich design for an exciting, secure and seamless riding experience," underlines Naish.