McKewen conquers tough conditions for surprise win
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.