Leucate is all about the wind. The stats say it all – the wind blows consistently for 300 days per year. Couple that with huge sandy beaches and you have the perfect spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Since its creation 21 years ago, the Mondial du Vent has become one of the largest and most well known global kiteboarding events.
In April this year, Leucate-La Franqui once again hosts the world’s best kitesurfers and windsurfers. They’ll battle it out during a number of impressive events throughout the week. For the first time the schedule includes the first stage of the World Kiteboarding League 2017 Freestyle Championships!
See the best bits from the quarter final heats of the IKA Freestyle World Championships and, wait for it… tow-in windsurfing!
It’s not by chance that the event takes place April in Leucate. The Mondial du Vent is renowned for its challenging conditions making it one of the most impressive stops on the tour. That is fuelled by the Tramontana, a reliable and strong north-westerly wind that is at its most consistent in the spring.
Plus, the cross-off-shore wind makes the location ideal for spectators. In Leucate you can watch the world’s best kitesurfers perform an impressive array of tricks just metres from the beach.
And, it’s not just kitesurfing and windsurfing. The Mondial du Vent is a unique event that brings together a variety of boardsport disciplines to the same location. There’s professional kitesurfing, windsurfing and SUP competitions, but also amateur SUP, funboard and kite buggying.
Off the water, the Village de la Glisse along the beachfront in La Franqui is where you want to be. With activities, brand display stands and special events it’s an opportunity for fans to mingle with some of the world’s best riders.
You can try your hand at slacklining, SUP and traction kiting. There’s kids workshops with kite making and environmental education. And, a BMX show and evening entertainment.
In addition to the first WKL Freestyle Elite League event, Leucate will host the Qualifier event for the 2017 WKL Freestyle Elite League. This is an opportunity for riders who are not yet qualified to compete for a spot on the 2017 Freestyle Elite League Tour. For more information and registration details, check out the WKL Website.
The only French leg of the WKL Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships takes place at the Mondial du Vent from the 11 to the 17 April. Leucate-La Franqui will welcome the world’s best riders for what should be an spectacular show.
If the famous Tramontana wind delivers the goods as anticipated, we’ll be in for an impressive spectacle. The top riders will be encouraged to push their limits and, if past years are anything to go by, new talent will emerge onto the world stage.
The wind direction at La Franqui allows competitors to perform some amazing jumps right on the beach. That close interaction with the spectators makes the Mondial du Vent a unique event on the world tour.
4 kitesurfers go up against each other in heats of 8 to 10 minutes. The technical difficulty, variety of the moves, the power and control of the kite and the smoothness of the landings all contribute to the final score.
The riders take it in turns to attempt a trick. Each competitor gets up to 7 attempts. The best 4 are included in the final scores which are displayed in real time on a big screen.
In the Big Air competition the rules are simple. Go as high as possible for as long as possible. It’s all about hang-time!
The best kitesurfers in the world will be there including Carlos Mario, Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, Liam Whaley, Valentin Garat and Bruna Kajiya.
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