Mitu Monteiro: he rode around the 12 islands of Cape Verde

Mitu Monteiro has completed a kite cross around the 12 volcanic islands of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 460-mile adventure (739 kilometers), which also included crossing the islands by foot, faced multiple obstacles: tiger sharks, great white sharks, sudden losses of wind, exhaustion, big waves, feet pain, seasickness, and coastal rocks.

The Atlantic archipelago is blessed by the trade winds and attracts thousands of kiteboarders and windsurfers from all over the world, every year. Cape Verde is 354 miles away from the closest land mass, and water is all around.

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PKRA World Tour: the iconic brand has changed | Photo: Toby Bromwich/PKRA

The World Kite Tour (WKT) has announced a tentative event schedule for the 2016 season.

The kiteboarding circuit formerly known as PKRA World Tour has risen from the ashes of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) to become the World Kite Tour. After several months in absolute obscurity, the WKT is ready to kick off a brand new season.

Two weeks ago, SurferToday contacted WKT to know if the Tour would be run as previously planned, and whether there were news updates to be made public. We got no reply from the kite organization.

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Maxime Nocher: the undisputed king of the 2016 Kiteboarding European Championships | Photo: IKA

Maxime Nocher and Elena Kalinina have claimed the 2016 Kiteboarding European Championships, at Poetto Beach, in Cagliari, Italy.

With seven race wins, Nocher was the undisputed king of the Formula Kite and KiteFoil Open event, which got underway in multiple Mistral wind conditions and forced riders to risk a broad range of strategies and tactics.

"Despite the fact that the wind during these days has been particularly challenging, all the athletes are very happy with the championship and surely one can't say that regattas have no thrilling!" noted Mirco Babini, president of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).

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