For the first time in the event’s history, windsurfers and kitesurfers will be competing in the marathon events at the same time, with the start and finish lines stretching between Ledge Point and Lancelin – the biggest the event has seen.
This year’s meet will also introduce a 42km ocean paddle for surf skis.
British pro windsurfer Robby Swift, who has competed in Lancelin in previous years, urged riders to savour the atmosphere of the event.
“It doesn’t matter if you are one of the first or the last, there will be people of your level there who you will relate to,” he said.
“You will make new friends and end up wanting to improve your skills; it’s a great experience.”
The event will also feature two-time kite surf pro world champion Keahi De Aboitiz of the US, Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) No. 1 wave man Philip Koster of Germany, and PWA slalom No. 8 Cyril Moussilmani of France.
In addition, five-time world vice champion Guy Gribb, of the UK, will be among the starters.
The event runs from January 14 to 17.