Hughes to take flight in race

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

RACHAEL Hughes loves the adren­a­line she feels when she kite surfs.

The Como res­i­dent will be chas­ing the same feel­ing when she com­petes in the Light­house to Leighton Kite­board Race on Satur­day, from Rot­tnest Is­land to Leighton Beach.

“It’s pretty ex­hil­a­rat­ing; for any­one who dreamed of fly­ing as a kid, this is as close as it gets,” she said.

“I’ve been kite surf­ing for about three or four years and I go as of­ten as I can around the Swan River and Safety Bay but it’s de­pen­dent on the weather.

“It’s ad­dic­tive and you find your­self pay­ing at­ten­tion to the winds to see if you can go out.”

Ms Hughes said she was look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing for the sec­ond time in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“There are about 135 peo­ple tak­ing part in this year’s race so it should look pretty spec­tac­u­lar,” she said. “I’ll be go­ing along to have some fun but also com­pete although I don’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions to win or place.”

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