Olly Wins Lighthouse to Leighton

Olly Bridge storms home to win the 2014  Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton!

In perfect weather conditions 17-year-old Olly Bridge from Devon, UK stormed across the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island, Western Australia to win the fifth annual Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboarding race today.

He was tailed closely by last year’s winner, German-born Queenslander Marvin Baumeister, and broke Marvin’s race record, making the crossing in just 22 minutes, seven seconds in 19kt winds – a huge one minute 43 seconds ahead of the record.

Steph Bridge, 42, was well ahead of the other female racers and broke the female course record finishing in just 27 minutes.  She placed 13th overall in what is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest kiteboarding race.

110 male and female kiteboarders from WA and around the world took to the pristine waters at Phillip Point off Rottnest Island and raced for 19km to the finish line at Leighton Beach Fremantle.

Olly, who won $1500 from a prize pool of $9500, said the conditions were perfect and although he was hopeful for a top three finish he was thrilled to win.

Winner Olly Bridge is congratulated by 2nd place winner Marvin Baumeister:

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The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton is made possible thanks to Tourism Western Australia and Red Bull, and is also supported by the Fremantle Sailing Club, WAKSA, Rottnest Express, Kite Addiction, Cabrinha Kites and Channel 9 Perth.

For more information visit: LIGHTHOUSE TO LEIGHTON

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