Transmorph: Manel Arpa becomes a kiteboarding alien

Manel Arpa is a talented Spanish kiteboarder. The thing is... he is a "Transmorph"; he shapeshifted into an alien rider.

He's young and fully sponsored. Manel Arpa Zuriguel was born in 1996, but he rapidly turned pro. He has already participated in the PKRA's Freestyle tour, but he seems to excel while doing his own things.

"'Transmorphed' was an idea started on September, 2014. The suit I used during the video, I bought it years ago for a party, but I decided to take it out from the shoebox, and bring it with me once again to Brasil," explains Arpa.

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Red Bull Kite Farm 2015: Saskatchewan was the perfect stage for the event | Photo: Owen Woytowich/Red Bull

Simon Gill, Peter Martel, Melissa Cronin and Martin Roy were the fastest competitors at the Red Bull Kite Farm 2015, a show kiteboarding competition held in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The 30-kilometer endurance snow kite race had perfect conditions for the 100 Canadian and American athletes who attended the event. Strong winds, heavy snowfall, and open prairie fields set the perfect stage for the Kite Farm.

After a tight race, it was Simon Gill of Montreal, and Peter Martel from Red Deer, who walked away with the bragging rights in the ski and snowboard division, respectively. Both will now get the chance to represent Canada in an international competition.

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PKRA World Tour: defying the skies with a kite | Photo: Bromwich/PKRA

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) has released the 2015 PKRA World Tour schedule. Ideally, the circuit will feature 12 stages.

The world's best kiteboarders will compete in four category titles - Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom - and for the prestigious "Overall PKRA Title." The riders' best three end of year results will count towards the global standings.

In order to be entitled to the "Overall Title," the kiteboarder has to finish the year in the top 5 in, at least, one of the above disciplines. The PKRA has also introduced changes in the Freestyle, Big Air, Wave rules.

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