The current British champion Kirsty Jones from Carmarthenshire in Wales has become the Kiteboard Pro World Tour champion after winning the final event at Essaouira in Morocco, as reported by BBC Wales.
The professional kitesurfer made a name for herself in 2002 as the first person to kitesurf across the Irish Sea.
Speaking after winning the title on Sunday, she said: “‘It’s been an amazing year for me doing the KPWT world tour.
“Last year I missed out on the title by a small margin and this year I was determined to become world champion – this is my dream come true.
“The final in Morocco was by far the toughest for me as I put so much pressure on myself to win this final event.”
The Morocco event was the culmination of the 10th year of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour, which also staged events in France, Portugal and Brazil.
As well as defending her crown in 2009, she plans to organise another long-distance solo kitesurf for charity.
I have included this video of Kirsty kite boarding from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Tarfaya, a town on the southern coast of Morocco in May 2006 – the distance travelled was 140 miles which in itself was a record. Thanks renoooprod for the video