Great Britain lead the way in Youth Europeans under 13's - Ex-racing World Champion and proud kite mum, Steph Bridge, reports from the Youth Europeans in France where her team of three boys did extremely well once again. The future is very bright for Team Bridge!
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The three day kitesurf event in Saint Pierre La Mer took place 4th-6th May 2011 and was supported by Dutch, French, British, Spanish and South African riders. Categories were split 16-19 yrs, 14- 15yrs and 9-13yrs. In the under 13 category team Bridge not only showed the other competitors to ’Open their eyes’ but also the judges!
Disappointment for Oliver who, at age 13, wanted to compete in 14-15yr category but was not allowed. So he was to come up against his younger brother, Tom, aged just 10, in the final in underpowered conditions which was not to his favour. Tom won with his variety of switch and regular handle-pass combinations while also managing to stay well in the box. Defeated by Tom and Oliver the real prize should go to middle Bridge, Guy, who we thought was very unfortunate not to get third place on the podium to complete the set, which instead went to a French rider who did no unhooked moves.
Watch a nice little video of the event here:
A new discipline for Tom is the ‘Boarder Cross’. Another good event for him with superb success with a 3rd overall against way bigger youngsters. Next stop on the freestyle tour is KTE Germany in June while Oliver heads to the Youth World Championships in Brittany next weekend, joined by me, Steph, for in the Race World Masters.
Find team Bridge at: www.edgewatersports.com