2018 Défi Kite: 320 kiteboarders out in the water | Photo: Défi Kite

Nicolas Parlier and Alexia Fancelli were the fastest kiteboarders of the 2018 Défi Kite, held in Gruissan, France.

The 100-kilometer kitesurfing marathon attracted 320 riders. Four races were run, and the famous Tramontane wind didn't disappoint and blew in the 20-to-45-knot range.

The competition mixed, once again amateur and professional kiteboarders. A large majority of the riders flew 15-meter kites. Nico led his foil to victory with a flawless performance.

"It's a good start of the season for me," expressed the hydrofoil and formula kite world champion. Parlier won the Défi Kite for the fourth time.

Alexia Fancelli kept the French flag up in the sky and won the women's division. She was thrilled with the way everything was set up.

"It was an awesome weekend in Gruissan for the 6th edition of the Défi Kite. I'm super happy to win this event and to finish 17th out of 320. We had beautiful battles out in the water," added Fancelli.

2018 Défi Kite | Results

Men
1. Nicolas Parlier
2. Theo De Ramecourt
3. Jean De Falbaire

Women
1. Alexia Fancelli
2. Ariane Imbert
3. Nadine Poncept

Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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