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2017 Leucate Mondial du Vent

World Kiteboarding League – Leucate – Day Two

On April 12, 2017   |   By

An early start and 35 knot windsfor day two of the Mondial du Vent

Press release: WKL

Day Two in La Franquicommencedwith strong winds, as predicted. After an early 7.30 am skippers meeting for the Qualifier League Event, the heats got underway immediately.

The conditions remained tough, with the wind averaging 35 knots. Riders were on 5 to 6 metre kites during the morning andlarger sizes during the afternoon. There were many crashes throughoutthe day asriders were struggling to successfully land their tricks. As the heats progressed the athletesstarted to take more risks, as they had to work harder to push their way into the top 9 which would guarantee them a spot in the Elite League.


Former World Champion Aaron Hadlow from the UK put on a strong performance showing his experience in competing here in La Franqui. His consistent ridinghas now guaranteed a spot for him in the Elite League.

Oswald Smith from South Africa proved that gusty and challenging conditions were not an issue for him and rode exceptionally well, with Leucate showing many similarities with the conditions he trains in at his South African home spots.

Luis Alberto Cruz landed the highest scoring trick of the day, a 317 scoring him 7.73 and allowing him one more opportunity tomorrow to gain a spot in the Elite League.



It was a celebration for Dominican riders Adeuri Corniel and Robinson Hiilario, who both rode incrediblywell in the penultimate heat of the day, also guaranteeing them both a position in the Elite League for 2017.

Rens Van der Schoot, Nicolas Delmas, Arthur Guillebert and Christian Tioalso pass through to the Elite, and showed some powerful riding, and a glimpse of the talent and motivation prevalent in this new generation of riders.

There is still one more spot open in the Elite League for the Men, and this will be decided in tomorrows heat number 23, where you will witness a tough fight between Colombian new talent Juan Rodriguez, Julien Krikken from France, Mauritian rider Simone Lamusse and Dominican talent Luis Alberto Cruz.

For the Women, the full first round was completed. The athletes who will pass directly to Round Three are Therese Taabbel from Denmark, Vera Klabbers from Netherlands, Isabeau Galiart alsofrom Netherlands and Francesca Bagnoli from Italy. The Women struggled to perform high scoring tricks due to the increasing wind conditions.



The Skippers meeting wascalled for 7.30 am Wednesdaymorning with the first possible start at 8am. The priority isto finish one more heat of the Men’s division to get get the last qualified rider, and two more rounds of the Women’s. Once this is completed, we will move on to the Elite League Event.



Todays action is all available to watch over on the WKLFacebook page. The live stream will once again be running throughout the day.


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