Ian Young: smiling and celebrating after a 1300-kilometer adventure in Western Australia

Ian Young has successfully completed a 1300-kilometer (808 miles) downwind challenge in Western Australia.

Young was able to ride his kite from Perth to the North West Cape, in order to raise money for Soldier On, a non-governmental organization which helps wounded soldiers.

The kiteboarder planned the whole adventure for three years. With a personal set of ram-air foil kites and GPS equipment, Ian Young was able to touch firm land on the Cape Range National Park.


Rob Douglas: unbeaten at Martha's Vineyard | Photo: NASSI

Rob Douglas has claimed the 2014 North American Speed Sailing Invitational (NASSI), held on the island of Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts, USA.

Some of the fastest kiteboarders in the world have attended the "fastest regatta in the Western hemisphere." The event had a 27,000 dollar purse and was run for 15 days.

The former speed sailing record holder, 43, dominated the competition and won 16 out 18 races held at the summer colony of Martha's Vineyard.


Formula Kite: two sail classes in 2015 | Photo: IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has decided that the Formula Kite discipline will feature two sail classes in the 2015 season.

Foil kites and Leading Edge Inflatables (LEI) will compete in separate course board races. The controversy is over, for now, as the world governing body for the sport of kiteboarding reaches an agreement over the sail dispute.

"This decision was a clear message that we want to keep foil kites. There is simply no way to go back with the performance that foil kites afford, especially in light winds," explains Markus Schwendtner, CEO at IKA.