Liam Whaley: tasty victory at Fuerteventura

Liam Whaley, Gisela Pulido, Julien Kerneur and Annelous Lammerts triumphed in the Freestyle and Slalom finals of the 2014 Fuerteventura Grand Slam, held in the Canary Islands.

Spanish kiteboarding fans cheered two winning compatriots in the last day of competition at Fuerteventura. Whaley and Pulido dominated the Freestyle event.

In the Women's division, Pulido managed to climb from second place in the singles, and beat Karolina Winkowska by less than a point, forcing a super-final. The Spanish would prevail once again.


International Kitefoil Speed: Alex Caizergues leads the fleet | Photo: Mythicobjects France

Maxime Nocher and Alexia Fancelli were the fastest kiteboarders at the International Kitefoil Speed 2014 competition, held in Port-Saint-Louis, in France.

Foil kiteboarding is gaining momentum, and sailors have been making experiments on the new kite class. The French event was organized by Alex Caizergues, the fastest kiteboarder on Planet Earth.

The rules were quite simple: set the fastest speed record over a 500-meter race course. Maxime Nocher reached 33.40 knots, while Alexia Fancelli accelerated to 24.52 knots to claim the Men and Women divisions, respectively.


Napeague Harbor: never go out kiteboarding all by yourself

Nicholas Valtz, managing director at Goldman Sachs, has lost his life in a kiteboarding accident, in New York.

The executive, 39, was found dead in Napeague Harbor, Long Island, New York. His body was attached to the kite.

Valtz joined the global investment banking, securities and investment management firm in 2000, and was promoted to managing director in 2010. The amateur kiteboarder had recently shaved his head to raise money for cancer.