Kitesurfers catch a Rotto breeze

The West Australian - - NEWS - Liam Croy

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.

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Bri­tish kite surfers Guy Bridge and Holly Ben­dall will race from Rotto to Leighton.

Guy Bridge goes through his paces off Perth.

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