Dates: 10th to 17th April 2017
Location: Leucate, France
The opening event of the 2017 season is almost upon us! The World Kiteboarding League are excited to commence this year with both the Freestyle Elite League and the Freestyle Qualifier League events at the Mondial Du Vent in Leucate, France from 10th to 17th of April 2017.
For 2017, the top 14 Men from the 2016 season and the top 7 Women will automatically qualify for the WKL Freestyle Elite League. The riders who finished below those positions will have to do the WKL Freestyle Qualifier League event that will allow them to gain a position in the Elite League for the 2017 season.
All of the top ranked WKL riders will be in attendance, ready to commence a new battle in the Elite League for 2017. Will Carlos Mario from Brazil keep his top position? Many other top riders such as Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, and Liam Whaley will be eager to show how their winter training has paid off and will want to gain one of the top podium finishes for this first event of the year.
For the ladies, Bruna Kajiya also from Brazil will be eager to dominate her number one spot, but Hannah Whitelely and Annabel Van Westerop will certainly be fighting to climb up the ladder.
Since its creation 21 years ago, the Mondial Du Vent has become one of the largest and most well known global kiteboarding events. Over the years, Mairie de Leucate has provided innovative and progressive competition formats, gaining wider media coverage with each passing year.
The Mondial Du Vent is also famous for its well-known North Westerly wind: the Tramontana. This event is known for its challenging and tough conditions, that make it one of the most impressive tour stops. The side off-shore wind conditions prove to be ideal for spectators, allowing them front row seats to watch the impressive array of tricks from the top global kiteboarders.
The Mondial Du vent is a unique event that gathers many board sport disciplines at the same spot, allowing the public and riders to mingle with each other. World Champions from Windsurf, Kitesurf and SUP make this a friendly and open atmosphere that encourage many people to attend. The Occitane region has become well known for its wind conditions, and has built a solid economic system upon this, represented by the Mondial Du Vent partners in the “Village de la Gliss” that is set up along the beachfront in La Franqui.
For more information and registration please take a look here at the World Kiteboarding League.