53 knots

rob-boardRob Douglas (US-55) won the 2016 IKA Kitespeed World Championships (sponsored by Lynch Associates) on the flat, windy offshore waters of Martha’s Vineyard Oct 22-Nov 4th.
Rob sailed his Cabrinha Apollo prototypes to 10 first place finishes out of the total 14 races completed and scored the 3rd fastest speed during the event. Alex Caizergues F-21 placed 2nd overall and during the event sailed the fastest 500m port tack race in kitesurfing history with an average speed of 47.850 kts and a max speed of over 53kts.
3rd place overall went to Sylvain Hoceini F-53 from France. Best speed of the world championship event went to Jamie Douglas who placed 4th overall and sailed an average speed of 48.173 kts over 250 meters.
Rob Douglas dedicated his world championship victory to all individuals and their families who are fighting cancer or who have fought cancer. Rob was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma in August.