Hannah Whiteley: kiteboarding's Mother Christmas

Meet Santa Whiteley. We believe you know her. At least, dressed in other costumes. Useful tip: she has more H's in her full name than any other kiteboarder.

These days, he is the busiest man in the world. In December, Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas and Kris Kringle, dedicates his time to traveling around the word. However, Claus, the sleigh rider, has an alter ego.

Santa Whiteley is Hannah Whiteley, the British pro kitesurfer, and sports model. The freestyle and speed kiteboarder from Stockport put on a short red-and-white Christmas suit to inspire your Christmas shopping.

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Florian Gruber: ready to stick to foils | Photo: Jeff Crow

Florian Gruber has won the Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2015, in St Kilda, Australia. And it could've been his last competition in the Raceboard class.

It's done and dusted. German kite racer Florian Gruber has put an end to his Raceboard career in kiteboarding after finishing his fourth participation in the Sailing World Cup Melbourne.

"Foiling is the future. It's the fastest thing on the water. Let's see what the decision is for the 2020 Olympics. If it's the race board, I'll be back in Melbourne on a race board," reveals Gruber.

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Kiteboarding: disorganized and chaotic | Photo: GoShots/IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has announced the first event of the 2016 season. The inaugural El Gouna Orascom Kiteboarding Grand Slam will run from March 20th-26th, in Egypt.

In October, World Sailing, formerly known as ISAF, decided to grant the Professional Kiteboarding Tour (PKT) a Special Event status. As a result, the PKT, formerly known as Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC), was authorized to crown Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom champions.

But so is IKA. Yes, kiteboarding's soap opera continues. The governing body for the sport of kiteboarding says the El Gouna event will deliver "1000 points for the 2016 Kiteboarding World Championships ranking, an important part on the way to the 2016 World Championship titles."

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