The high winds were no problem for most but some amateurs dropped out for lack of small enough kites for the conditions. On the water, as the wind seemed to get even stronger, positions were quickly established. Alex Caizergues, abandoning his foil at the last minute for a well-used speed-crossing board, rapidly built up a significant lead within the first leg. He finished well ahead of his two direct rivals Nicolas Parlier and Maxime Noché, who both suffered throughout the course but still managed to end up on the podium. Many contestants fell, some more than once, and at the finish all were in agreement on the difficulty of the wave and spray-ridden race. Smiles prevailed, however, as taking on the elements is part of the challenge of kiting.