Leucate, France

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The 4th Kite-Surf stop of the season is coming up soon! Let’s take a look at how the title scenarios are looking so far:

In the women’s division, @moonawhyte secured two victories this season. Current World Champion, @capucine_delannoy , clinched her first win in Sylt, Germany, in a pure strapless-freestyle format. Whyte chose to skip the event in Germany, using it as a discard. That decision helped propel Delannoy to the top of the rankings.
On the men’s side, @matchu_lopes secured two event wins this season. However, his recent 9th-place finish in Germany proved to be a setback, dropping him to the second spot in the rankings. Currently, @airtoncozzolino is leading the rankings, followed by @pedromatos in third place.

Let’s get ready to go big in Dakhla!

🗓 22 September - 1 October 2023
📌 Dakhla, Morocco 
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Don’t forget to head over to our Youtube Channel and watch our extended 26 minute highlight shows! A great way to re-live the entire event and all of the action. Check out the playlist and enjoy the show 🍿

🎥 @julien_leleu 

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Will we be seeing @liamwhaley competing with us in Brazil 🇧🇷 this year? 🤔
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The long right-hand point-break at @westpointdakhla , on the edge of the Sahara desert, is the setting for the penultimate Kite-Surf stop on the Qatar Airways GKA Kite World Tour. Are you ready for an epic event?

Everything is still to play for in the race for the world titles after the lead in the men’s and women’s rankings changed hands last month after the third Kite-Surf contest of the year on the German North Sea island of Sylt. Anything can happen!

🗓 22 September - 1 October 2023
📌 Dakhla, Morocco 
📺 Watch live on

#GKAKiteWorldTour #gkadakhla #qatarairways #gkaxqa #gkakitesurf #kitesurfing #PrinceHéritierMoulayElHassanKiteSurfWorldCup 
#VisitDakhla #Dakhla #Morocco #Maroc
#Ainsoltane #GPCCarton #RedBull #MinistèredelÉducationNationaleduPréscolaireetdesSports #MDJS #VisitMorocco #cridakhla #AMCI #SNRT #westpointdakhla #oasis212 #lacriquedakhla #lagonenergy #dakhlaattitude
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It's almost time to head back to one of our favourite locations! Dakhla will be welcoming us very shortly, from 22nd of September to the 1st of October. 🇲🇦

📸 @julien_leleu

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GKA Freestyle World Cup France 2019


Thursday 25th April: Contest finished! Carlos Mario and Francesca Bagnoli win! It was unreal down on the beach today and very difficult for the riders with super strong winds, at times up to 40 knots. 

Earlier update – Finals day! Very windy here at Port Leucate, over 30 knots already. Riders being given the freedom to ride to the conditions and their interpretation of technicality, amplitude, power… surely kite loops are going to be pulled out today alongside some brutal handle-passes!

Wednesday 24th April, 08.45am: Here we go guys, we’ve moved 20 minutes south of Le Franqui to Port Leucate to make the most of the southerly wind direction and we’re looking good! Wind’s on around 20 – 25 knots, cross onshore from the right, sun’s out and soon the freestyle guns are out! Find heat descriptions after each round here

Tuesday 23rd April: Day four and we are so close to starting you can feel it. There was potential for contestable conditions all day and as yet we’re still looking at about ten knots of wind out on the lagoon here in Leucate. In any case, if conditions improve enough to be able to make a start today or not, the livestream and some of the race crew have moved to prepare at another spot, Port Leucate. The event will definitely run from there tomorrow and Thursday in the stronger southerly conditions that get blocked by the headland here in La Franqui, Leucate. There is still hope for today, though!  

Monday 22nd April: Good morning everyone. This is the start of day three of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate. Although we are still awaiting suitable conditions to make a start to the competition, there is a positive outlook from Tuesday onwards. Today’s skipper’s meeting is at 10.30am and we will update this page as soon as we have some more info.

Saturday 20th was the first day of the GKA Freestyle World Cup at the Mondial du Vent, blessed with bright sunshine but no wind. Sunday was cloudy with a veering light wind, so the competition remains on hold, but as we know, things change quickly here when the powerful Tramontane wind kicks-in.


Find a video interview with leading title contenders Mikaili Sol and Adeuri Corniel here

Get up to speed with the Freestyle format and new 2019 changes in this interview with Head Judge, Mallory de la Villemarque.

Event Info



Contest dates

20 – 25th April 2019






4 stars





International TV Coverage



Prevailing winds

Tramontana (northwest)

Water conditions

Flat waters and cross-offshore winds bring the action super close to the crowd! Watch the 2019 event video below to get a good idea of the expected conditions!

Registered riders

Race Notice

Pre-Registration Dates

15th March - 5th April 2019


Registration is closed. For questions please contact the Tour Manager Tom Hartmann at

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