Exmouth kiteboard ace Guy Bridge breaks Australian race record

PUBLISHED: 12:38 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 December 2018

Exmouth kiteboarding ace Guy Bridge after his win in Australia. Picture BRIGHT COMMUNICATIONS

Exmouth kiteboarding ace Guy Bridge after his win in Australia. Picture BRIGHT COMMUNICATIONS

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Exmouth’s kiteboarding star Guy Bridge was a winner when he travelled to Australia.

The start of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race from Rottnest Island in Australia. Picture; PETA NORTH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY WAThe start of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race from Rottnest Island in Australia. Picture; PETA NORTH AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY WA

Bridge, the reigning European champion, travelled to Australia to compete in the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race held at Rottnest Island.

It did not take long for the 19-year-old to stamp his undoubted talents on the event for, just five minutes after the start, he held a significant lead!

Bridge got off to a flying start on his hydrofoil board and grew his lead as he crossed the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach in Fremantle to complete the 19km race in just 18 minutes and 49 seconds, finishing over two minutes before the second kiteboarder over the line!

Under blue sun-kissed skies and in what were 20km winds, Bridge claimed a new record time for the event, taking 45 seconds off the previous best!

Post race, the Exmouth kiteboarder said: “I’m pretty stoked. There was no seaweed and plenty of wind; there wasn’t too much swell so it was really perfect.”

He continued: “I went a lot faster than last year. It’s pretty incredible to have managed to get the extra distance ahead in the race to beat the record,” he said.

In all there were 135 kiteboarders that took part in the racing and winners shared a pot of 5,000 Australian dollars.

Final result in the men’s overall and men’s foil event: 1, Guy Bridge 18:49; 2, Alty Frisby 21:14, 3, Mani Bisschops 21:17.

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