Rob Douglas: the 2016 KA Kitespeed world champion | Photo: Michael Petrikov

Rob Douglas has been crowned the 2016 IKA Kitespeed world champion, at Martha's Vineyard, in the USA.

The second stage of the 2016 IKA Kitespeed World Championships run a total of 14 races with average wind speeds of 17 knots, and gusts of 35 plus knots.

The event attracted the stars of speed kiteboarding including the Douglas clan, Alex Caizergues, Sylvain Hoceini, and David Williams.

Despite battling cancer, Rob Douglas won ten of the 14 races, and his worst results are second place finishes. The American kiteboarder is the undisputed 2016 world champion, and he dedicated his world championship victory to all individuals and their families who are fighting cancer or who have fought cancer.

"I am very proud, happy and blessed to have won my second Kitespeed World Championship. Congratulations to Alexandre and Sylvain for their second and third place finishes. Special thanks to Bill Lynch for his sponsorships and his continued support to the sport of speed sailing," expressed Rob Douglas.

Interestingly, Rob was not the rider with the best speed. The fastest rider was Jamie Douglas, who rode his kite at 48.173 knots, followed by Caizergues with 47.850 knots, and Rob with 47.509 knots.

2016 IKA Kitespeed World Championships | Top 10

1. Rob Douglas (USA), 300
2. Alexandre Caizergues (FRA), 297
3. Sylvain Hoceini (FRA), 288
4. David Williams (GBR), 288
5. Morgan Douglas (USA), 281
6. Jamie Douglas (USA), 279
7. Chris Ballois (FRA), 278
8. Seb Cattelan (FRA), 275
9. Theo Lhostis (FRA), 273
10. Roger Örnvang (SWE), 273

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