Kitesurfers catch a Rotto breeze
A field of 135 kiteboarders will be focused on breaking records today with favourable conditions expected for the ninth annual Lighthouse to Leighton race.
The starting time of the event has been brought forward from 2.30pm to 2pm because of the wind forecasts.
The fastest kiters could make the crossing from Rottnest to Fremantle in just 20 minutes — faster than the Rottnest ferry.
British kiter Guy Bridge, 19, who has a string of titles, is one racer to watch.
Australian kitefoil champion Mani Bisschops, an 18-year-old from Nedlands, is a strong local hope. The competitors will leave from Phillip Point and finish at Leighton beach with $5000 in prizemoney up for grabs.
They will be racing on surfboards, hydrofoil boards, slalom boards and twin tips.
The record time of 19 minutes and three seconds was set in 2016.
British kite surfers Guy Bridge and Holly Bendall will race from Rotto to Leighton.
Guy Bridge goes through his paces off Perth.