For the second consecutive yr, the sky above the Indian Ocean remodeled right into a vibrant show of colors because the C Kite Pageant returned to Mauritius. This extremely anticipated occasion, held in collaboration with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) and Air Mauritius, drew kite browsing lovers from all around the world to affix in a reverie of salt, sand and solar.
Over the previous three many years, kitesurfing has risen in recognition as one of the thrilling water sports activities worldwide, combining velocity, steadiness and a contact of adrenaline to create a mesmerising spectacle of ability and resilience.
Held from 14 to 16 July, this yr’s C Kite Pageant handled its attendees to a mixture of high-speed kitesurfing competitions, knowledgeable demonstrations and an array of continuous daytime and night actions.
One adage holds true on the subject of organising an occasion akin to this: ‘Location, location, location.’ C Mauritius stands out as an unrivalled paradise on this regard, serving as the perfect touchdown level for the intrepid traveller looking for greater than only a typical vacation.
Positioned on the east coast of Mauritius, the resort faces the paradisiacal Palmar Seaside, providing a really perfect setting for experiencing island life by the ocean and for observing the joys of kitesurfing in motion.
The pageant was captained by Antoine Auriol, a tv director and host, an onboard reporter for the 2023 Ocean Race and former kitesurf world champion.
Born within the east of France, Antoine found wind and kite browsing on the age of 15. The 2 water sports activities suited his inventive and adventurous spirit, combining parts of his earlier disciplines akin to trampoline aerial rotations, creative gymnastics’ energy and magnificence and data of wind and sea.
Alongside Antoine, the star-studded lineup of pros collaborating on this yr’s pageant included Youri Zoon, a two-time world champion; Victor Hays, a professional kiteboarder; Paul Serin, the French champion and Large Air professional; Tom Hebert, a two-time vice world champion; Hay Katz, holder of the 9.0 greatest rating within the Large Air class and a three-time silver and two-time bronze Israel champion; and Arthur Guillebert, the reigning freestyle kitesurfing world champion and two-time European champion.
The pageant additionally welcomed a powerful roster of VIP friends, together with Yarden Sax, a global saxophonist, DJ and music producer; Thomas Frake, the UK’s MasterChef Champion of 2020; Soufiane Hamaini, a global kite surfer ranked 4th total on the planet and the primary Arab athlete to take part on the planet championship, in addition to the founding father of the Moroccan Affiliation of Kite Browsing and proprietor of Dakla Spirit kite college; and Alice Le Moigne, a kite surfer holding a number of world titles.
On day two of the C Kite Fest, riders of various skills voyaged from Palmar to Lafayette Seaside. Contributors took full benefit of the wind’s whims, portray the sky above the glistening Indian Ocean with dancing kites.
Whereas this occasion attracts a powerful lineup of members, its magnificence lies in its inclusivity, welcoming anybody who needs to take part within the thrilling expertise.
Large Air and Greatest Trick Competitions
Day three marked the Large Air and Greatest Trick competitions, judged by a panel of professional riders.
The Greatest Air occasion was all about reaching for the sky and nailing that epic increase, with riders striving for optimum altitude in each transfer. The Greatest Trick occasion introduced out the riders’ creativity as they unleashed their best freestyle manoeuvres, showcasing an array of rolls, spins, jumps, loops and toeside methods to maintain spectators on the sting of their seashore chairs.
Image: Sara Hayward
With recollections of this unforgettable occasion etched within the hearts of all who skilled it, the C Kite Pageant is bound to develop into a beacon of anticipation, eagerly awaited for its return yr after yr.
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