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  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 4


    EVENT STATUS: On hold but looking more promising than we've seen all week for a start early tomorrow. SKIPPERS MEETING: Scheduled for 8.30am Wednesday with first possible start 09.00. There are two days remaining.



    Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt


    Tuesday may not have been fruitful in the end, but Wednesday and then the final event day on Thursday look good for delivering enough juice to complete this first Freestyle contest of the season – the GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate.



    1). Photo: Svetlana Romantsova



    2). Vice World Champion Adeuri Corniel means business from the start this year and was out at the first sniff of usable wind... but then again having this new lagoon all to yourself is very inviting!  / Photo: Svetlana Romantsova


    The competition was actually very close to starting today (Tuesday) at the spot of La Franqui after promising to build all day. When winds started to nudge over 12 knots at around 3pm a couple of riders were keen enough to get out onto this extra large lagoon (filled up from the weekend's wave surge) and throw a few moves.


    Sadly, that was the peak and what wind there was soon dropped back again to below ten knots.




    In anticipation of this and the continuing dominance of south – southeasterly conditions, the livestream and race crew have been busy moving all equipment to another spot, Port Leucate. As a mission, it's a bit of a monster!


    Situated 20 minutes directly south of La Franqui (our current spot), but crucially also below the jutting headland that blocks the more southerly winds here at La Franqui, the waters won't be as flat as the lagoon conditions promised here, but the winds will be clean and there will be kickers for tricks.



    3). GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 4


    The forecast for the next two days looks good, but as we are now over halfway through the event period, Head Judge Mallory de la Villemarque has announced a reduced heat format to ensure that when the action begins it will be possible to reach a result as efficiently as possible. This new format reduces the total competition time to reach a result for the men and women to 9.5 hours.









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