2016 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup: Qatar crowned the new world champions | Photo: IKA

The organizers believe it was one of the most exciting kiteboarding events of the year, as riders from 18 countries raced for medals at Pearl-Qatar island's Qanat Quartier.

After finishing second in the first stage held in Italy, Maxime Nocher knew what he had to do to be crowned the 2016 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup champion.

The Monegasque had two strong opponents on his heels - Axel Mazella, who won the first event, and Oliver Bridge, the unpredictable British.

That is why Nocher was forced to step up his game on the last day of races and ended up winning two bullets, securing four second places and a third spot. With these results, Maxime raised his tenth world kiteboarding title.

"When I crossed the line I knew I already had the win. The last race for me was free, and for me, that's when I race best. But overall I had a good competition," underlined Maxime Nocher.

"Perhaps I'm not the fastest, but I am the most consistent, and that's what helps me get there in the end. It was perfect really. I'm very happy."

The winds of Doha, in Qatar, also pushed Elena Kalinina to victory in the women's division. The Russian competed alongside the men and finished in the first half of the overall rankings.

"I'm a bit tired, but happy. I've never done seven races in a day. Overall I enjoyed racing among the men. Sometimes I can catch them. But their level is so high," concluded Kalinina.

2016 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup | Final Rankings

Men
1. Maxime Nocher (MON)
2. Axel Mazella (FRA)
3. Olly Bridge (GBR)
4. Florian Trittel (ESP)
5. Florian Gruber (GER)

Women
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Jade O'Connor (IRL)
3. Gina Hewson (AUS)
4. Alexia Fancelli (FRA)
5. Steph Bridge (GBR)