Mondial du Vent 2011: wtach the spectators

The world's best kiteboarders have just kicked off the 2011 PKRA France, in Leucate. In the first day of hot competition, men and women are battling for a place in the main Freestyle event. The trials are on the gnarliest tricks are already available.

The wind conditions were variable averaging from 15 to 20 knots, under clearing skies. Competitors struggled with the wind as well as against the strong current during the trials, therefore race director Erik Troostheide called the competition to a halt in hopes for a change in the wind pattern.

Near 3:00pm a new competition box was set up in the lagoon, which allowed for the continuation of the trial eliminations. Hundreds of spectators watched as riders geared up their 9 to 12m kites as the first round of action packed trials came to an end.

Thomas Paris, Christophe Tack, Mikael Blomvall, Mario Rodwald, Luis Alberto Cruz, Alvaro Onieva, Robinson Hilario, Tijn Van Esch and Cesar Portas all move into the main event after having executed a variety of technical tricks with more speed, power and style than their opponents.

In the second round, Erik Volpe, Alexandre Neto, Boris Judin, Ariel Corniel, Axel Tack, Nils Wesch and Michael Schitzhofer all move on to the third round which will resume tomorrow. The winners of the third round will all move into the main event.

The Mondial du Vent has been part of the PKRA World Tour lineup for the past 13 consecutive years. It is France's largest kiteboarding event.