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PWA tow in competition

Despite the unusual lack of wind at Le Franqui this year, Mondial certainly wasn’t lacking in action. On Friday as the sun beat down, windsurfers once more entertained the crowds with the final of the Tow In Sud de France competition. Kiri Thode took 1st place with Frans Everon Tonky  and Bjorn Saragoza taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Hawaiian watersports legend Kai Lenny amazed the crowds with the demo of his powered surf board, showing just why he’s won so many world titles. Despite being just 22, Kai list of achievements include:
2013 SUP Race World Champion
2013 SUP Wave World Champion
2013 SUP Overall World Champion
2013 2nd KSP Kiting World Title
6X SUP World Champion
After the demo, lucky fans got to chat and have their photo taken with Kai.

Saturday was another no winder but proved perfect for the SUP races. With the competition open to all, pro and amateurs alike, the beach was a frenzy of boards, paddles and riders as the races got under way.
Arthur Daniel from France took the podium spot, with Leonard Nika from Italy and Grégory Closier from France taking 2nd & 3rd.

The wind returned on Sunday and it was all system go as the SOSH Cup PRO – AM racing got underway.
Men’s Results:
1. Maxime Nocher
2. Alexandre Caizergues
3. Romain Castel
Women’s Results
1. Louise Delorme
2. Mireille Clerc
3. Catherine Delquié

Later in the day the Pro SUP races took place. With the wind churning up the water, the pro riders were having a hard time staying on their SUPs as they navigated the corners on the course. With 3 laps of the course to do, this was a challenge of sheer endurance. After a hotly fought contest, Arthur Daniel finished victorious to take his second win at Mondial. Didier Leneil  finished 2nd and Grégory Closier took 3rd place for the second time.

Despite covering a variety of sports and so many disciplines, the organisational team headed up by windsurfing champion, Pascal Maka ensures that Mondial du Vent runs effortlessly and smoothly. The vast expanse of beach at Le Franqui allows for each sport to have its own space, with spectators being able to move easily between the areas. At the event site there’s plenty for everyone to do; trade stands on the beach and the seafront, free osteopath clinics for everyone and lots of activities to keep the kids happy.

In 2016 it will be the 20th edition of Mondial du Vent and you can bet that Pascal and his team will be pulling out all the stops to deliver one awesome event.

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