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Mayan Wind Fest 2024: Cancun welcomes first international water sports sailing event

by Andrea Caceres 22 Dec 2023 22:34 PST January 18-21, 2023
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The vibrant city of Cancun is gearing up for the inaugural Mayan Wind Fest 2024, a world-class water sports extravaganza set to take place in Puerto Cancun from January 18 to 21. Showcasing thrilling competitions in Kitesurfing, Wingfoil, and Windsurfing, the event promises an unparalleled display of adrenaline and aquatic expertise.

Attracting top-tier international athletes, the festival will feature competitors from renowned countries such as the United States, France, the Czech Republic, and Denmark. These global stars will go up against local talents from Mexico in the pristine waters of Cancun. The Mayan Wind Fest 2024 marks the first of four qualifying regattas for the esteemed 2024 Optimist World Championship and serves as a qualifier for both the North American and South American Optimist Championships.

More than just a competition, the event is a celebration not only of athletic challenges but also of the competitive spirit and cultural diversity in a paradisiacal setting. Spectators will not only witness the technical prowess and passion of the competitors but will also have the opportunity to enjoy recreational spaces, diverse activities, and a wide array of gastronomic offerings against the breathtaking backdrop of the destination.

The Mayan Wind Fest 2024 welcomes participants of all ages, providing a family-friendly environment with activities designed for everyone. From the youngest to the oldest, attendees can enjoy the competitions, demonstrations, and various family-centric activities for a fun-filled experience.

Featuring an impressive lineup of international athletes, including:

Participating athletes include:

  • Chris McDonald (United States) - 2023 World Wingfoil Freestyle Champion
  • Charles Brodel (France) - Five-time Kitefoil Freestyle Champion
  • Paula Novotna (Czech Republic) - 2022 World Wingfoil Race and Freestyle Champion
  • Benji Castenskiold (Denmark) - 11-year-old Wingfoil Prodigy
  • Xantos Villegas (Mexico) - Mexico's Top Kitefoil Racer
  • Einar Saad (Mexico) - Mexico's Leading Kite Freestyler
The Mayan Wind Fest 2024 is set to elevate Cancun's sporting event scene, infusing world-class water sports passion and excitement into the pristine Caribbean waters. This is an unmissable opportunity to experience an event that perfectly blends sport, culture, and nature.

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