Martha's Vineyard will crown the 2016 IKA Kite Speed world champion

October 10, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Rob Douglas: one of the fastest kiteboarders in the world | Photo: NASSI

The world's fastest kiteboarder will be crowned at Martha's Vineyard, off Cape Cod, between October 22nd and November 4th, 2016.

The second and final stop of the inaugural IKA Kitespeed World Championships will decide who claims the ultimate speed sailing trophy in kiteboarding.

There will be room for the top 18 ranked male competitors from the qualifying event in Leucate, plus five male wildcards, the top 2 ranked female kiteboarders, and an additional female wildcard.

Rob Douglas won the French stage in April. However, a few months later, he was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma. The American kite speed champion started treatment on the 25th August, but he will likely defend his position at Martha's Vineyard.

The top 10 riders include eight French kiteboarders, a British rider, and Douglas. Their top speeds at Mondial du Vent ranged from 31 to 41 knots.

All riders competing at the 2016 IKA Kitespeed World Championships must bring their GPS trackers, and only the Locosys GT-31 and Locosys GW-52 models will be allowed.

2016 IKA Kitespeed World Championships | Top 5 Before Martha's Vineyard

1. Rob Douglas (USA)
2. Sylvain Hoceini (FRA)
3. Alex Caizergues (FRA)
4. Seb Cattelan (FRA)
5. Theo Lhostis (FRA)