McKewen con­quers tough con­di­tions for sur­prise win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

AMA­TEUR kite­boarder Peter McKewen sur­prised ev­ery­one – in­clud­ing him­self – when he raced to a nar­row two-sec­ond vic­tory in the Light­house to Leighton race on Satur­day.

The sixth run­ning of the now-an­nual 19km en­durance event was the most chal­leng­ing in race history, with McKewen com­ing from be­hind to win af­ter front-run­ners Olly Bridge, Marvin Baumeis­ter and Martin Do­lenc all watched their kites col­lapse into the In­dian Ocean mid­way.

The 32-year-old Melville res­i­dent faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion from sec­ond-placed Jolimont res­i­dent An­drew Cook­sley, but held on to win in 34 min­utes and 39 sec­onds.

“It was a roller­coaster out there,” McKewen said.

Steph Bridge was the fastest fe­male, making it back-to-back wins and fin­ish­ing sixth over­all in 37:47.

Peter McKewen sprinted home to win the Light­house to Leighton race on Satur­day.

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