Alex Caizergues: will he beat Rob Douglas?

Alex Caizergues will be participating in the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, in Western Australia, the 11th December. The French kitesurfer will enter the first ever kitesurfing event to run from Rottnest Island to Fremantle, as the headline act of this long distance race.

Competitors face a challenging battle. Starting at Phillip Point Rottnest, off the coast of Perth, the inaugural Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will set sail with sailors speeding across the Indian Ocean on the Gage Roads channel and finishing at Leighton Beach, North Fremantle.

Caizergues is trying to recapture the world speed sailing record, now in the hand of the US kiteboarder Rob Douglas.

This will be the last chance of the year 2010 to beat the 55.65-knot record registered in the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge, held in Namibia. For the fastest kiters, the Australian race is expected to take between 30 and 40 minutes.

All candidates to an entry in the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton must have at least 100 hours of kitesurfing experience and must be a WAKSA or AKSA member. The race is limited to 50 competitors and will be selected by event organization.