National Kiteboarding League: Australia and New Zealand are showing how it's done | Photo: NKL

In a time when professional kiteboarding can't decide who crowns world champions, Australia and New Zealand are showing how it's done. The National Kiteboarding League (NKL) is halfway through the season, and it's a model for how to run a successful circuit.

The seven-stage tour visits both countries and culminates in a grand finale at Gold Coast's Main Beach. The top riders from each State will earn a ticket to the final event.

The fourth round of competition wrapped up at The Pond and Secret Harbour, in Perth, Western Australia. Billy Hampton won the Wave division while Simon Wichtermann and Shannon Ducker conquered the Men's and Women's categories in the Freestyle competition.

Jamie McCully and Sammy Pearce (Freestyle), Jamie Symons and Michel Blinkhorn (Wave), Matt Green and Josh Stephens (Big Air) are currently leading the overall rankings.

The NKL will now travel to New South Wales for Round 5. The rides will get underway in Sydney, from January 21st-24th.

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