Thursday, May 1, 2014
Exmouth’s Bridge brothers take all three podium places in European Freestyle championships.
Exmouth’s kite boarding brothers Tom, Guy and Oliver Bridge shared the podium at the end of the 10th Junior European freestyle Championships held over three days in St. Pierre la Mer, France.
Young kite surfers from all over Europe gather for this annual showdown of trickery and each year the level of riding gets higher.
The event started with the 9-13years contesting a Dingle elimination that saw Tom bridge (9-13 year section) put together some great scoring tricks.
Conditions were challenging with huge gusts wiping them off the water and making it tricky to do anything to lulls in the wind that left competitors struggling to stay upwind!
After four heats the youngest Bridge had done sufficient to contest the final with his former team mate, Spaniard Javier Jimenez. For the third year running bridge prevailed to secure the top honour.
Oliver Bridge, competing in the 16-19 year age group, served up some big powered moves, but this was not enough to beat his first opponent from Holland and he was left to prepare for day two of the event.
Guy Bridge produced the surprise of the whole day staying in the ladder all the way through to the final of the 14-15 year category. He produced some stunning kite boarding and produced a semi-final performance befitting of a champion. In the final he came up against the Spanish Youth champion and was eventually placed third.
Day two saw Olly Bridge begin things off in the double elimination. The oldest of the Bridge boys has a decent competition strategy and his experience showed. After four hours of competition he made it through to the men’s final where he faced Dutch rival Van Der Meis and French opponent Guillerbert. Bridge, the current Men’s European Race champion, was forced to settle for a third place finish.
While the freestyle racing was taking place the youngest Bridge, Tom, was practising his race skills on the Boarder Cross course. This involves jumping over long inflatable objects in the water and round buoys in a race knockout with four other opponents. Fast, fun and exciting with lots of crashes and Tom also managed to win his category in this discipline!
Now back in England the three Bridge boys have been busy practising off Exmouth back training and preparing for their next event – in Egypt!
The boys get support from Edge watersports, the Cranford Club, Xcel Wetsuits and Volvo cars. Discover more at www.team-bridge.com or www.edgewatersports.com