Carlos Mario: superb performance in Tarifa | Photo: Romatsova/VKWC

Carlos Mario and Karolina Winkowska have claimed the Tarifa Kitesurfing World Championships 2015, in Spain.

In the final day of competition, riders were greeted by wind gusts up to 40 knots. Tarifa is one of the windiest spots in Europe, and professional kiteboarder had the chance to taste all its power.

In the Men's final, Mario and Marc Jacobs started with the same perfect front blind mobes, setting the tone and announcing that it was going to be a stiff competition. Despite crashing, Carlos returned with a new kite and landed an incredible double heart attack to steal the show.

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Self-launching a kite: for advanced riders, only | Photo: Kitesurf Tour Europe

Self-launching a kite can be dangerous, especially if you're a beginner or even an intermediate rider, and in winds over 15 knots. If there's nobody available to help launch your kite, then learn how to do it safely by yourself.

An assisted launch is always the best way to get your kite flying in the sky. However, advanced kiteboarders may launch their own kites, as along as they follow basic safety rules. You may be forced to abort launch for multiple reasons.

If you're self-launching for the first time, try to do it when the wind is light, and with someone next to you, in case anything goes wrong. Remember this:

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KiteFoil GoldCup: flying high at Hang Loose Beach | Photo: Icarus Sailing Media

Maxime Nocher has completely dominated the second stage of the KiteFoil GoldCup, in Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria, Italy.

The Monegasque kiteboarder showed unrivalled speed, power and technique to leave much of the competition battling for lower spots in the rankings. Nocher won four out of five races, in 10 knots of thermal Mediterranean breeze.

"Right now I'm really pleased with the win here. I'm looking forward to San Francisco. If I can win again there, I'll win the whole GoldCup. I think Nico Parlier will be there and the Americans, so it'll be tough. But that's good," noted Maxime Nocher.

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