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Every year in April, the “Mondial du Vent” takes place at the beach of La Franqui in Leucate. This kiteboarding event is the first stop of the “GKA (Global Kitesports Association) Kiteboarding World Tour”. Seven days of competitions with the world’s top competitors will assure excitement, adrenaline kicks and thrilling competition in a friendly and open atmosphere.
Blue sky, strong wind
Last year, I went on a day with the perfect weather conditions: blue sky combined with a strong wind. Leucate is famous for this North Westerly wind, also known as “La Tramontana”. The dominate Tramontana is strongly present for 300 days per year with a wind of at least force four, or more. Just before arriving at La Franqui beach, a demonstration of windsurfing was held. I never knew you could jump so high with a rigid surfboard…
When arriving at the actual La Franqui beach, it was clear I wasn’t the only one interested. Le Mondial du Vent is one of the most impressive stops on the Kiteboarding World Tour. Due to its challenging and unique conditions, the riders can come really close to the beach. Although safety is guaranteed, the audience can have a very close look at all the impressive stunts made by the riders.
Several competitions are held at the Mondial du Vent. Unique this year is that Le Mondial du Vent hosts the first stop of the “GKA Kiteboarding World Tour – Air Games”. To get the highest score, you have to show your technique, variety of figures and control of the kite. During this competition you can admire the best riders in the world, making the highest and most spectacular aerial jumps and figures. Amazing to see all the tricks the riders performed!