Guy goes like the wind

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19-YEAR OLD GUY BRIDGE (SHOWN RIGHT) from Devon, UK, set a new record at the Red Bull Light­house to Leighton kite­board race, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record set in 2016 by 45 sec­onds. He was the clear fron­trun­ner among 135 starters within the first five min­utes of the 19km cross­ing. He then grew his lead rid­ing across the strait from Rot­tnest Is­land to Fre­man­tle in just 18 min­utes and 49 sec­onds on his hy­dro­foil board. The skies were clear and blue, the winds a solid 20kn, and, there was, “no sea­weed or too much swell so it was re­ally per­fect”, said Guy. “I went a lot faster than last year, it’s pretty in­cred­i­ble to have man­aged to get the ex­tra dis­tance ahead in the race to beat the record.” First woman across the line was Rachael Hughes, a New Zealan­der liv­ing in Safety Bay in Western Aus­tralia. “It was a great race, re­ally fun. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win. It’s al­ways a toss-up which kite you’re go­ing to race with so there is some luck in­volved too. The wind was pretty good the whole way across, I got in the shadow of one of the ships out there for a bit but then was ok the rest of the race.”

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