Lancelin Ocean Classic: kiteboarders will race against windsurfers in 2016 | Photo: John Carter/LOC

In 2016, and for the first time, both sailing classes will compete together from Ledge Point to Lancelin, in Western Australia.

The longest windsurfing race on Planet Earth will be back in 2016 between January 14th-17th. But the organization also aims to break the world record for the longest open ocean kitesurfing race.

The Lancelin Ocean Classic will be held for the 31st time, in Australia. The event launched in 1986 and, since then, attracted thousands of windsurfers and kiteboarders to an exciting 25-kilometer marathon.

"Knowing the calibre of athletes already planning on attending the next Classic, I am really excited to be among them. This is such an important race for the windsurfing community, and we all look forward to it every year," underlines Steve Allen, who will measure forces with his kite rivals.

The 2016 Lancelin Ocean Classic will feature stand up paddleboarding and jet ski events, alongside wave sailing contests. In 2015, two local riders beat visiting entrants to take home the kitesurfing wave (Dale Stanton) and windsurfing wave (Jaeger Stone) competitions.

Lancelin is located 100 kilometers north of Perth, within the Shire of GinGin. The town is one of the best-known kite and windsurfing spots in Australia, but it is also famed for its breathtaking white mega sand dunes and a variety of marine life.