Niccolo Porcella: man versus Jaws

Niccolo Porcella suffered one of the most horrific wipeouts in the history of kiteboarding.

The Hawaiian-Italian waterman was riding Jaws/Peahi, in Maui, and he was forced to hit the eject button when a gigantic mountain of water closed out. The visual result is mind-blowing.

"It was one of the craziest things I've ever seen! I should have released the kite and pulled in. The kite lines were already getting caught in the waves and pulled the kite down," explained Niccolo Porcella.

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Aaron Hadlow: the 2015 VKWC world champion | Photo: Kolesky/Red Bull

With five events completed, and four canceled stages, the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) announced the season's winners across four disciplines.

Professional kiteboarding lived, once again, a turbulent year. The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the VKWC traded mutual accusations and claimed the right to crown world champions in the sport. No one heard a word from athletes. Were they afraid of retaliations?

Kites didn't fly in four scheduled venues: Brazil, Argentina, China, and South Africa. Blame it on the endless disputes that no one really understood. So, basically, the season was over by the end of August.

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Aaron Hadlow: a Big Air specialist | Photo: Kolesky/Red Bull

The list of 24 riders that will compete at the 2016 Red Bull King of the Air has been released.

Cape Town's Big Bay is ready to welcome the best Big Air kiteboarding specialists in the planet. Aaron Hadlow, Jesse Richman, Kevin Langeree and friends are some of the names that will participate in the iconic South African event.

The 2016 Red Bull King of the Air will get underway on the windiest day between the 30th of January and 14 February. The British expert and defending champion is ready to land, once again, his megaloop KGBs.

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